By Mitchell Greenberg

This publication analyzes the connection among an emergent sleek subjectivity in seventeenth-century French literature, relatively in dramatic works, and the contemporaneous evolution of the absolutist nation. It exhibits how significant writers of the Classical interval (Corneille, Racine, Moliere, Lafayette) complicated a brand new topic in and during their representations of the kinfolk, and argues that the kin serves because the mediating locus of a patriarchal ideology of sexual and political containment. Professor Greenberg argues that this displays the conflicting social, political and monetary forces that have been transferring eu society clear of the universe of the Renaissance and guiding it towards the "transparency" of Classical illustration.

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