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Language, Power, And Gender In Tristan’S La Marianne And La Mort De Sénèque, Nina Ekstein Jan 1993

Language, Power, And Gender In Tristan’S La Marianne And La Mort De Sénèque, Nina Ekstein

Modern Languages and Literatures Faculty Research

Power is a central issue in both Tristan L'Hermite's Marianne (1636) and La Mort de Sénèque (1644). I propose to examine the articulations of power in Tristan's theater and the power struggles at the heart of both plays. On the most basic level, Tristan illustrates the power of tyranny. Furetière defines a tyrant as an "usurpateur d'un Etat, oppresseur de la liberté publique, qui s'est emparé par violence ou par adresse de la souveraine puissance"; tyran "se dit aussi d'un Prince qui abuse de son pouvoir, qui ne gouverne pas selon les lois, qui ...