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Racine, Phèdre

Week 1 Exploring theatrical traditions and spaces

lecture 1 slides (Powerpoint Presentation)

seminar 1 worksheet.(Word Document)

Week 2 Close readings

lecture 2 slides (Powerpoint Presentation)

seminar 2 worksheet (Word Document)

Introductory reading

Edward James and Gillian Jondorf, Racine: Phèdre (E book: Cambridge University Press, 1994): 

J. P. Short, Racine: Phèdre (London : Grant & Cutler, 1998)

Maximillian E. Novak, 'Drama 1660-1740', in Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, vol 4 (Online version: Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. 167-183.
John D. Lyons, 'Tragedy and Fear' in The Cambridge Companion to French Literature (Online version: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 70 - 84.

Michael Hawcroft, 'Tragedy: mid- to late-seventeenth century', in The Cambridge History of French Literature (Online version: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 262-273. <>

Richard Goodkin, ‘Neoclassical Dramatic Theory in Seventeenth-Century France’, in A Companion to Tragedy (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005), pp. 373 – 392.

More detailed readings

Braga, Thomas J.. 'Double Vision in Racine's Phèdre'. The French Review 64.2 (1990): 289–298. Looks at the relationship between Œnone and Phèdre

Rogers, J. Hoyt. 'The Symmetry of "phèdre" and the Role of Aricie'. The French Review. Special Issue 45.4 (1972): 65–74.

Monson, Don A.. 'Arici'”. Modern Philology 93.1 (1995): 54–72.

Peter H. Nurse. 'Racine and His Gods'. The Modern Language Review 72.1 (1977): 34–45. 

Ubersfeld, Anne, Mya Weinberger, and J. Cairncross. 'The Space of Phèdre'. Poetics Today 2.3 (1981): 201–210.

Campbell, John. 'A Marriage Made in Heaven? 'racine' and 'love''. The Modern Language Review 101.3 (2006): 682–690.

Henry Phillips. 'The Theatricality of Discourse in Racinian Tragedy'. The Modern Language Review 84.1 (1989): 37–50.

Mitchell Greenberg, Racine : From Ancient Myth to Tragic Modernity (Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c.2010)

Suzanne C. Toczyski, ‘Teaching Phèdre: Desire and the Phenomenology of Action’, in Racine et / ou le classicisme, Biblio 17, edited by Ronald Tobin (Tubingen: Narr, 2001), pp. 321 – 332.