Birth Marks : The Tragedy of Primogeniture in Pierre Corneille, Thomas Corneille, and Jean Racine, Hardback Book

Birth Marks : The Tragedy of Primogeniture in Pierre Corneille, Thomas Corneille, and Jean Racine Hardback

Part of the New Cultural Studies series

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Through a study of the evolution of inheritance issues in seventeen tragedies written over the course of half a century the Corneille brothers, Pierre and Thomas, and by Jean Racine, Richard E.

Goodkin questions the pervasive assumption that classical tragedy, a form written for the aristocracy, is informed exclusively by an aristocratic ethic.

Instead, a fresh reading of both canonical and noncanonical texts demonstrates that even the most formal body of literature produced by French classical writers expresses a conflict between a declining aristocratic hierarchy based on inherited privilege and a rising capitalistic ethic that favors competition and enterprise.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
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  • Category: Literary studies: general
  • ISBN: 9780812235500

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