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Jean Racine revisited
Tobin, Ronald W., 1936-
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New York : Twayne Publishers, [1999]

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xiv, 195 pages ; 23 cm.
Biography -- Tragedy -- La Thébaïde -- Alexandre le Grand -- Andromaque -- Les Plaideurs -- Britannicus -- Bérénice -- Bajazet -- Mithridate -- Iphigénie -- Phèdre -- Esther -- Athalie -- Conclusion.
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PQ1905 .T63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Author Notes

Ronald W. Tobin is Professor of French and Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Tobin's "revisit" of Racine's life and work follows a format identical to its predecessor, Claude Abraham's Jean Racine (CH, Mar'78), in the same series. Tobin (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara), oft-published scholar on 17th-century French theater, produces what he modestly calls "an accessible portrait of the dramatist," enriched by a "synthesis of Racine scholarship since . . . 1977." After a chronology, a biography, and a characterization of neoclassical French tragedy, the author devotes a chapter to each of Racine's 11 tragedies and one comedy. A brief conclusion, notes and references, and selected bibliography complete this eminently readable study. All quotes are in English and, when taken from French, are Tobin's own translations. He presents clear, rich analyses of all the plays; especially good is his discussion of Britannicus, where his cross-dipping into comic possibilities and comparison with sources suggest imaginative, multifaceted views of the tragedy. Less compelling to this reviewer is Tobin's critique of the denouement of Phedre, whose lack of resolution (Aricie, now adopted by Thesee, survives as a threat to dynastic succession potentially complicated further by Phedre's children) he signals as a technical dramatic flaw. Give Racine (and me) a break! But I quibble. Tobin's is a first-rate piece of work worthy of any academic or public library. D. A. Collins formerly, Kalamazoo College

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Chronologyp. xi
Chapter 1 Biographyp. 1
Chapter 2 Tragedyp. 15
Chapter 3 La Thebaidep. 27
Chapter 4 Alexandre le Grandp. 35
Chapter 5 Andromaquep. 42
Chapter 6 Les Plaideursp. 58
Chapter 7 Britannicusp. 67
Chapter 8 Berenicep. 79
Chapter 9 Bajazetp. 90
Chapter 10 Mithridatep. 101
Chapter 11 Iphigeniep. 112
Chapter 12 Phedrep. 124
Chapter 13 Estherp. 141
Chapter 14 Athaliep. 149
Chapter 15 Conclusionp. 161
Notes and Referencesp. 165
Selected Bibliographyp. 181
Indexp. 185