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1997

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Locus Amoenus Vs. Locus Terribilis: The Spatial Dynamics Of The Pastoral And The Urban In La Ceppède’S Théorèmes, Russell J. Ganim Jan 1997

Locus Amoenus Vs. Locus Terribilis: The Spatial Dynamics Of The Pastoral And The Urban In La Ceppède’S Théorèmes, Russell J. Ganim

Faculty Publications - Modern Languages and Literatures

The opening sonnets of Jean de La Ceppède’s Théorèmes (1613, 1622) present an urban vs. rural conflict that mirrors the dialectic between sin and salvation running throughout the work. La Ceppède’s focus for this struggle becomes the stark contrast between Jerusalem and the garden at the Mount of Olives. Jerusalem, as the place where Christ is persecuted and eventually tried, represents a Babylon-like enclave of transgression, while the garden is portrayed as a site of purity and tranquil reflection. From a literary standpoint, La Ceppède’s emphasis on the clash between dystopian and utopian settings comprises part of ...