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Title: Thomas Corneille, précurseur de Racine
English Title: Thomas Corneille, precursor of Racine
Contributor(s): Gossip, Christopher J (author)
Publication Date: 2012
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Abstract: After at least ten years of writing for the stage, Thomas Corneille (1625-1709) changed direction around 1660, abandoning romanesque plays for historical tragedies. His 'Persée et Démétrius' (1663), with its theme of two enemy brothers, may have inspired Racine (1639-99) in his initial work, La Thébadïe (1664), while 'La Mort de l'empereur Commode' (1658) and 'Camma' (1661) contain structural parallels to 'Andromaque' (1667). Thomas's 'Ariane' (1672) has similarities of characterisation with 'Phèdre' five years later. Thus the older playwright, like Boyer and Quinault, may well have supplied ideas, situations, character traits and even verses which Racine incorporated into his masterpieces.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Changing Perspectives: Studies on Racine in Honor of John Campbell, p. 100-109
Publisher: Rookwood Press
Place of Publication: Charlottesville, United States of America
ISBN: 9781886365308
Field of Research (FOR): 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
200511 Literature in French
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
Series Name: EMF Critiques
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