Metamorphoses of Passion and the Heroic in French Literatue: Corneille, Stendhal, Claudel (Studies in French Literature v. 35)

Metamorphoses of Passion and the Heroic in French Literatue: Corneille, Stendhal, Claudel (Studies in French Literature v. 35)

By: Moya Longstaffe (author)Hardback

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Through the works of Corneille, Stendahl, and Claudel, this work traces the literary evolution of France of the dual ideals of love and heroism, the inspiration of great literature since the medieval courtly epics.


Part 1 The paths of glory and the pursuit of love: "heroes, heroines and the heart's desire" - why Corneille, Stendhal and Claudel?, the non-redundancy of courage, death and immortality -the hero and the poet, the conquering hero, the dilemma of the heroine, the heroic, the tender and the spiritual, from the magnification of the hero to the humbling of the heroic, Claudel -journey's end; "the sword of courage and the sword in the soul" -the new hero - 1637, the ethic of the sword - the duel, the manly virtues - "vertu" and "generosite", the divided self - Don Juan and Werther, Animus and Anima, Amina, the heroine and the heroic, heroism and happiness - the sword in the soul; "Corneille, Stendhal and Claudel - from Rodrigue to Rodrigue" - from Corneille to Stendhal - elective affinities, Claudel - outrageous, antipathies, the climates of the heroic, Spain and Italy visited by two dramatists and a novelist, passion - the decor and the archetypes, heroism and happiness, from Rodigue to Rodrigue, love, marriage, passion and transcendence. Part 2 Corneille: from liberation to salvation - the tetralogy - the metamorphoses of the sword and the dilemmas of Anima, "Le Cid" - the birth of the hero, Rodigue, the conversion of the hero - Chimene and the dark night of the soul, the challenge of love and heroism, the emergence of the heroine; "Horace" - the faces of heroism and the despair of Anima, from sacrifice to salvation; "Polyeucte" - the conversion of Animus; "Rodogune" - the duel of good and evil, two women; "Surena" - elegy for the hero. Part 3 Stendhal: irony and elegy -from Octave de Malibert to Lucien Leuwen; passion, the promise and the paradoxes of infidelity, from "Armance" to "Lamiel" - the ambiguous heroine; the ethic of the duel and the marty's crown, the conversion of Julien Sorel; the heroine in the world of the duel, the crime of the Duchess Sanseverina. Part 4 Claudel: the sign of the sword - "tete d'or"; the sign of fire - "partage de midi"; the trilogy - the way of the cross - "l'otage", the vale of tears - "le pain dur", the kindly light - "le pere humilie"; "le soulier de satin" - from humiliation to salvation; conclusion.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773479890
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 500
  • ID: 9780773479890
  • ISBN10: 0773479899

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