Love in Racine's Britannicus

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Katherine Rena Jones (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Roland Barthes, in his critical study, Sur Racine, identifies two kinds of love in Racine's tragedies.1 The first one he calls "1'amour sororal," which is a love with a past and with a "légalité" since it was founded by the parents. The other love he refers to as "l’ amour immédiat" since it comes suddenly and is inspired by the sight of someone. Mr. Barthes furnishes a point of departure for a study of love in Britannicus,2 Racine's fifth tragedy, which was chosen because Mr. Barthes' idea applied particularly well. I have begun with Mr. Barthes’ concept of two loves and have tried to see what their precise nature is. This is not a literary study based on research but rather an analysis of the play from one particular point of view, involving a close reading of the play.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1968

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