This volume of essays explores influences from Antiquity onwards that shaped the literary and cultural output of the French seventeenth century and the developments to which this period – the so-called ‘classical’ period – gave rise in later centuries.
The thirteen essays in English and French cover three major areas: the continuation in French seventeenth-century literature and cultural events of themes found in previous centuries; internal changes within the body of writings by French seventeenth-century playwrights; the influence of seventeenth-century French writers on later centuries.
The collection celebrates the life and scholarly achievements of the eminent dix-septiémiste Christopher J. Gossip, Emeritus Professor of French, University of New England, Australia.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2009. XVIII, 275 pp., 1 ill.
Contents: Jane Southwood/Bernard Bourque: Professor Christopher J. Gossip – H. T. Barnwell: Metamorphoses of a Dramatic Narrative:
The Death of Hippolytus from Euripides to Racine – William Brooks: Philippe Quinault, Thomas Corneille, and Contrasting Approaches
to Common Dramatic Material: Stratonice and Antiochus – Lee Brotherson: Religion in a Quebec Novel: A Catholic
Heritage Transformed – John Campbell: The Metamorphoses of Innocence in Racine’s Esther – Derek F. Connon: Animal Instincts:
Homer, Plutarch and La Fontaine go to the Fair – Helena Duffy: L’(In)fidélité? A Kristevan Reading of Andrzej Żuławski’s Cinematic
Adaptation of La Princesse de Clèves – Jennifer Hatte: Truth, Lies and Time-Travel: Jean Cocteau in the Impromptu
Tradition – Noël Peacock: Jean-Marie Villégier’s Molière: Experiments in Theatrical Morphogenesis – Henry Phillips: Scenes
in the City: Urban Developments in Seventeenth-Century French Theatre – M. S. Rivière: Prussian Princesses at the Court of
Frederick II: Devotees of the Theatre of Racine and Voltaire – Alison Saunders: ‘Who can put on a better show?’: Celebrations
of Peace as Mounted in Jesuit Colleges in Paris and Lyon in 1660 – B. J. Bourque : Deux Versions de Zénobie : imitation
ou transformation ? – Jane Southwood : Éléments antiques et classiques dans l’œuvre de Marguerite Yourcenar : Le Coup de