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Andromaque. V,V: Disorder, Irony, And Progression, Nina Ekstein Jan 1983

Andromaque. V,V: Disorder, Irony, And Progression, Nina Ekstein

Modern Languages and Literatures Faculty Research

The denouement of Andromaque (V,v), as is the case in most tragedies, brings with it a return to order, but the impression of order lies off stage with Andromaque's ascension to the throne rather than on stage with Oreste and Pylade. On stage, disorder reigns, and this disorder is a result of several factors: the pressing necessity of a quick departure, Oreste's madness, and, significantly, the ironic instability of language in this scene. This instability takes the form of statements whose meaning later changes in the light of some subsequent action or information. Such shifts in meaning ...


The Functions Of The Récit In L'Ecole Des Femmes, Nina Ekstein Jan 1983

The Functions Of The Récit In L'Ecole Des Femmes, Nina Ekstein

Modern Languages and Literatures Faculty Research

Since L'Ecole des femmes was first performed in 1662, much mention has been made of the numerous récits in the play. In La Critique de l'Ecole des femmes, Lysidas criticizes the play because "dans cette comédie-ci, il ne se passe point d'actions, et tout consiste en des récits que vient faire Agnès ou Horace.'' Indeed, the entire love intrigue takes place offstage and is reported in the form of récits. Far from being tiresome recitals, these narratives are integrated into the structure of the play on numerous levels.


The Resocialization Of The Mujer Varonil In Three Plays By Vélez, Matthew D. Stroud Jan 1983

The Resocialization Of The Mujer Varonil In Three Plays By Vélez, Matthew D. Stroud

Modern Languages and Literatures Faculty Research

When Arnold Reichenberger writes of the tendency in the comedia toward a restored society, he refers to the conservative, patriarchal, ideal society represented by the dramatic works. Characters who exhibit eccentric social behavior are not allowed to remain marginally attached to the society; they are either resocialized into the fabric of the comedia's society or they are expelled. This pattern not only allows for the possibility of an implicit moral lesson, as Alexander A. Parker would assert, but it also creates dramatic tension the resolution of which results in exciting reversals in the plot. As might be expected, the ...


Tirso's Wife-Murder Play: La Vida Y Muerte De Herodes, Matthew D. Stroud Jan 1983

Tirso's Wife-Murder Play: La Vida Y Muerte De Herodes, Matthew D. Stroud

Modern Languages and Literatures Faculty Research

Tirso's La vida y muerte de Herodes is a curious play for a number of reasons. Dating most likely from 1620-21, it is one of several plays based on Herod's life both in Biblical accounts and in Josephus' Antiquities. Lodovico Dolce was the first Renaissance playwright to take advantage of the historical but very dramatic subject matter in his Marianna of 1565, and, closer to Tirso's era, Alexandre Hardy and Tristan l'Hermite created French versions; Hardy's dates from the period 1625 to 1632 and Tristan's was published in 1637. Of course, Calderón published in ...