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«Vous pour porter des fers, elle pour en donner» : prisoners in Seventeenth Century French tragedy

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A corollary piece to the article on prison in (tragi-) comedy, exploring the more complex psychological concerns which relegate the physical confines to secondary importance. The prison in the mind of the prisoner in tragedy of the time depends frequently on a complex concatenated matrix of present situation and the past imprisoning that present. As such, the locus is no longer purely functional but instead is subsumed into the psychological status of the prisoner. Moreover, the standard binary opposition of reason and passion which frequently create the duty/love dilemma in the theatre of the time (as indicated in the quotation of Racine's «Andromaque» in the title) add a further layer of complexity.
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Original languageEnglish
JournalPapers on French Seventeenth Century Literature
Publication statusIn preparation - 2014

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