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Illusion, violence, and certainty in Jean Rotrou's “Le Veritable Saint Genest” and Cyrano de Bergerac's “La Mort d'Agrippine”


2010 2010

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Abstract (summary)

Historically, studies on French 17th century theater have predominantly focused on the works of so-called Classical authors, to the exclusion of the “récits sanglantes” and “histoires tragiques.” This thesis looks at two violent plays written the 1640s, Le Véritable Saint Genest by Jean Rotrou and La Mort d’Agrippine by Cyrano de Bergerac. These two dissimilar texts will be used to show that the threat of violence gives an impression of truth and validity to the declarations of the martyrs and the executed, and thus acts as a means of providing a feeling of certainty to the audience and to the other characters in the plays. The insights of this thesis into the function of violence in Rotrou and Cyrano’s plays may be extrapolated to other works of this time period and provide a useful starting point for considering the large body of “récits sanglantes” and “histoires tragiques.”

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Subject
Romance literature
Classification
0313: Romance literature
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics; 17th century; Certitude; France; French literature; Illusion; Violence
Title
Illusion, violence, and certainty in Jean Rotrou's “Le Veritable Saint Genest” and Cyrano de Bergerac's “La Mort d'Agrippine”
Author
Putman, Emily Miller
Number of pages
47
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0153
Source
MAI 48/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124078076
Advisor
Welch, Ellen R.
Committee member
Barr, Philippe; Melehy, Hassan
University/institution
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department
Romance Languages
University location
United States -- North Carolina
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1478172
ProQuest document ID
636693426
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/636693426
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