Silent Witness

Silent Witness : Racine's Non-verbal Annotations of Euripides

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This is an examination of the influence of the plays of Euripides on the French tragedian Racine, gleaned from Racine's markings on the texts. In her study, Phillippo examines the way in which the creative processes linking the two writers may have worked. She concentrates on the largely unexplored evidence supplied by "non-verbal" aspects of the annotations: the markings of lines and passages by underlining, brackets, etc. Such markings suggest how Racine probably understood the Greek "originals", and reveal the qualities of the Greek dramatist to which the French writer appears to have responded.
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  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13.21mm | 340g
  • Legenda
  • Leeds, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 1
  • 1900755610
  • 9781900755610

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It is true that we will never know why Racine marked certain passages, and that we can also argue for the influence of text that is unmarked. The study of sources will necessarily often belong to the domain of informed speculation. But if we accept that literary criticism deals more in persuasion than in certainties, we will be more sympathetic to this well-judged attempt to look at an old question in what is an original, clear-headed, and stimulating way.--John Campbell "Modern Language Review, 100.2, April 2005, 500-01 "
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