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Formal Oratory: Trials, Embassies, and Councils

Michael Hawcroft

in Word as Action: Racine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151852
eISBN:
9780191672866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151852.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Drama, European Literature

The obvious places to look for the application of the precepts of rhetoric are formal speeches in trials, in political assemblies, and in churches. The most obvious setting for persuasive activity is ... More


Word as Action: Racine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language

Michael Hawcroft

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151852
eISBN:
9780191672866
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151852.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama, European Literature

France's greatest tragedian, Jean Racine, is often admired for his poetic and tragic qualities. This book explores the theatrical qualities of Racine's language and takes as its analytical tool two ... More


Self-Persuasion: Monologues

Michael Hawcroft

in Word as Action: Racine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151852
eISBN:
9780191672866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151852.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Drama, European Literature

If it is the persuasive interaction of characters that constitutes the theatricality of Jean Racine's discourse, what becomes of verbal action if characters speak when they are alone, or accompanied ... More


Verbal Action and Rhetorical Theory

Michael Hawcroft

in Word as Action: Racine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151852
eISBN:
9780191672866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151852.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Drama, European Literature

This chapter considers what the 17th-century dramatic critic d'Aubignac means when he says that in tragedies of the period to speak is to act. It argues that a plausible interpretation is that the ... More


To Laugh or Not to Laugh: The Question of Esther

Deborah W. Rooke

in Handel's Israelite Oratorio Libretti: Sacred Drama and Biblical Exegesis

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199279289
eISBN:
9780191738050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279289.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Handel's first Israelite oratorio Esther draws on both the biblical story of Esther and Jean Racine's Esther (1688). Jewish tradition associates the biblical Esther story with the carnivalesque ... More


Informal Oratory: The Protagonists

Michael Hawcroft

in Word as Action: Racine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151852
eISBN:
9780191672866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151852.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Drama, European Literature

Jean Racine saw that oratory as a dramatic resource need not be restricted to formal juridical and political proceedings. While traditional rhetoric books catered principally for such formal ... More


Introduction

Michael Hawcroft

in Word as Action: Racine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151852
eISBN:
9780191672866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151852.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama, European Literature

The eleven tragedies of Jean Racine have served as a testing ground for the different approaches to the study of literature that have proliferated since 1945. Among many examples are R. C. Knight's ... More


Informal Oratory: The Confidants

Michael Hawcroft

in Word as Action: Racine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151852
eISBN:
9780191672866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151852.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Drama, European Literature

The depiction of characters in conflict with one another is a potent source of theatricality. However, it is not always the case that characters are in conflict with their interlocutors. Sometimes ... More


Persuasive Narrations

Michael Hawcroft

in Word as Action: Racine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151852
eISBN:
9780191672866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151852.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Drama, European Literature

The predominant kind of verbal action in a Jean Racine tragedy is the interaction between characters who are engaged in acts of persuasion. A less frequent kind is the monologue in which a character ... More


Conclusion

Michael Hawcroft

in Word as Action: Racine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151852
eISBN:
9780191672866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151852.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Drama, European Literature

The importance to Jean Racine's dramatic technique of showing characters engaged in acts of persuasion has long been recognized by modern critics. Speeches are interesting in the theatre if ... More


Jezebel, Joash, and Jesus Christ: Aspects of Athalia

Deborah W. Rooke

in Handel's Israelite Oratorio Libretti: Sacred Drama and Biblical Exegesis

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199279289
eISBN:
9780191738050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279289.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The oratorio Athalia, based on Jean Racine's Athalie (1690), was composed for performance during the Oxford Public Act of 1733. The biblical Athaliah story tells how the true Davidic heir Joash is ... More


Racine: Phèdre

Paul Hammond

in The Strangeness of Tragedy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199572601
eISBN:
9780191702099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572601.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Drama

In Phèdre, Jean Racine shows us a tragedy of double displacement. In prey to her passion for her stepson Hippolyte, Phèdre herself no longer inhabits space in the ways that other characters do; she ... More


Terror and Pity: The Springs of Tragedy

Ronald Schechter

in A Genealogy of Terror in Eighteenth-Century France

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226499574
eISBN:
9780226499604
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226499604.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

The positive emotional connotations of the word “terror” were enhanced by eighteenth-century theater criticism, which used the standard of terror when judging tragedies. Drawing (often loosely) on ... More


Divas and Diplomacy in Seventeenth-Century France

John Watkins

in After Lavinia: A Literary History of Premodern Marriage Diplomacy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781501707575
eISBN:
9781501708527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501707575.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines how war affected interdynastic marriage in seventeenth-century France. By late seventeenth century, the hope for European peace had lost its foundations in a shared ... More


From Emotion to Affect

Andrea Frisch

in Forgetting Differences: Tragedy, Historiography, and the French Wars of Religion

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780748694396
eISBN:
9781474412322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694396.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Examines the consolidation in French tragedy of the early seventeenth century of what Thomas Pavel has described as an “art of distancing” (“art de l'éloignement”) characteristic of French ... More


Racine and Anti-semitism

Joseph Frank

in Responses to Modernity: Essays in the Politics of Culture

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780823239252
eISBN:
9780823239290
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823239252.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Esther is one of the two Biblical plays written by Jean Racine (the other is Athalie) after he had officially retired from composing for the theater. Instead, he had assumed the post of official ... More


The Ghost of Alcestis

Amy Wygant

in Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stage

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199558551
eISBN:
9780191808432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199558551.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In the story of Alcestis from Euripides, Alcestis volunteers to die in order to save the life of her husband King Admetus. When the hero Hercules discovers that Alcestis has died, he wrestles with ... More


1819–1821

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195181296
eISBN:
9780199851416
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Shortly after lauding to the skies the dramatically flawed Ricciardo e Zoraide, and just three weeks after acclaiming the revised Mosè in Egitto, the Naples audience gave short shrift to his newest ... More


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