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David Maskell


This study is the first systematic exploration of Racine's theatricality. It is based on a close examination of all Racine's plays and on evidence for performance of them from the seventeenth century to the present day. The author considers, with the help of illustrations, the relationship between verbal and visual effects. He shows how the decor in plays such as Andromaque, Britannicus, and Berenice is significant for the action, and indicates the rich, often symbolic implication of stage properties and physical gestures, particularly in Mithridate, Phedre, and Athalie. Racine's usually negle ... More

Keywords: theatricality, plays, performance, visual effects, tragedy, French drama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198151616
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151616.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Maskell, author
Oriel College, Oxford