By Mitchell Greenberg
Professor Greenberg's lucid examine examines the topics of authority, strength and sexuality in Corneille's significant performs, drawing at the paintings of Foucault, and Freudian and feminist critics. He starts by way of contemplating the query of fable and of a 'pre-historical' cultural reminiscence in Médée, and proceeds to a close research of every of the 4 best-known tragedies: Le Cid, Horace, Cinna, and Polyeucte. A concluding bankruptcy discusses middle-period performs and Suréna, Corneille's final tragedy. Professor Greenberg argues that the formal symmetries of classical tragedy mirror a hope for keep an eye on within the realm of either politics and sexuality. He additionally seeks to teach how those rules of symmetry are challenged or undermined in quite a few methods via the performs themselves. the result's an exacerbation of sexual and political wish which invests Cornelian tragedy with its unusual energy and consists of us so deeply in its international.