Convergences: Rhetoric and Poetic in Seventeenth-century France : Essays for Hugh M. Davidson

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David Lee Rubin, Mary B. McKinley
Ohio State University Press, 1989 - French literature - 242 pages
A collection of 14 essays, Convergences examines some of the most notable authors of 17th-century France. Theatre was the foremost genre, and essays by Odette de Mourgues, Terence Cave, Judd D.Hubert and Marie-Odile Sweetser discuss such problems as tonality and register, structure and thought, self-reflexivity and purpose in masterpieces from Cinna to L'Avare. Jules Brody and Robert T.Corum aim to advance the understanding of the Fables of Jean de la Fontaine and baroque consolations by applying and refining the concepts of intertextuality and generic modulation. Charles G.S.Williams rehabilitates a major text made problematic by a subtle technique that includes blending fact and fiction.

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