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Word as Action: Racine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language

Michael Hawcroft

Abstract

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 neglected parts of rhetoric, inventio and dispositio. How does Racine write exciting dialogue? He makes the persuasive interaction of characters a key feature of his dramatic technique and this book shows how he deploys persuasion in well-defined contexts: trials, embassies, and councils; informal oratory as protagonists try to manipulate each other and their confidants in order to make their own vi ... More

Keywords: Jean Racine, tragedy, poetry, rhetoric, inventio, dispositio

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198151852
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151852.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Hawcroft, author
Keble College, Oxford
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