Freedom, Slavery, and Absolutism: Corneille, Pascal, Racine
This book explores the concept of freedom by reading the works of Corneille, Pascal, and Racine as political theories in the guise of literature. Within this framework, a certain model quickly becomes apparent, namely that of absolute sovereignty as the guarantor of freedom. The three writers under consideration share the view that freedom is ensured only by absolute authority rather than the absence of such authority. From Corneille, who modulates freedom through an erotic link to the monarch as a means through which the glorious individual is brought into the state's fold, to Pascal, who traces the liberation of the will via absolute submission to God, to Racine, for whom absolute submission to the most Christian king is the only route to political and personal salvation, Elmarsafy studies a politics of taking charge that differs markedly form the contemporary orthodoy that privileges individual freedom.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Liberti Dei Pascals Fundamentalism and the Politics of Grace
Racine and the Dialectics of Slavery
Other editions - View all
absolute monarch absolute monarchy absolute sovereignty Agesilas Alexandre Alexandre's Andromaque Aricie Auguste Auguste's Augustine Augustine's Bajazet become Berenice bien body Britannicus c'est Caesar captive Christ Christian Cinna Cleofile coeur Corneille Corneille's Cornelian court crown desire Dialectics of Slavery Dieu divine early modern emotional emperor enslaved erotic contract esclave fact fait France Freedmen Freedom in Chains French gloire God's Freedmen grace Hannah Arendt heart hero human imperial Jean Racine king liberation Liberti Louis XIV manumission master Murat IV n'est Narcisse Nero Neron Notes to Chapter Othon Ottoman empire Paris Pascal passions Paul peuple peut play political politique Pompee Porus prince Pyrrhus qu'il qu'on Racine Racine's reign relationship Roman Rome ruler Rycaut s'il Sertorius Sertorius's servile servitude seul slave rule Social Death Sophonisbe sort sovereign subjects Surena Syphax Tacitus Taxile tion tout tyranny tyrant University Press Viriate virtue volonte XIV's