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Études de littérature comparée.
Les textes rassemblés dans Afrique plurielle mettent en relief quelques aspects de la foisonnante diversité littéraire du continent. Commençant par l'Afrique dite francophone, l'auteur évoque d'abord la littérature bilingue, arabe-français, du Maghreb; il décrit les rapports entre le roman sénégalais contemporain, la tradition locale d'historiographie arabe et les épopées orales en langues vernaculaires; il définit la spécificité littéraire du Zaïre, ancienne colonie belge. Un deuxième groupe d'essais initie le lecteur à des aspects peu connus des littératures anglophones et lusophones, s'attardant en passant à un des premiers maîtres du roman africain, Thomas Mofolo. Les chapitres suivants traitent des problèmes linguistiques que rencontre l'écrivain africain écartelé entre trois modes d'expression: son idiome maternel, qui n'existe souvent que dans l'oralité, la langue européenne de l'ancien colonisateur, encore inaccessible à la majorité de son peuple, et le parler créole qui est en train de se développer dans les centres urbains. S'inspirant enfin de son expérience personnelle, Albert Gérard définit une méthode pour l'historiographie littéraire d'un continent dont presque chaque état est lui-même une entité complexe: polyethnique et plurilingue.
Originating probably in some oral cautionary tale, the Phaedra story illustrates a peculiar pattern of transgression and retribution. This Phaedra syndrome provided inspiration for many major writers from Euripides to Gabriele d'Annunzio. The present book offers a close re-reading and a re-assessment of four acknowledged masterpieces - Euripides' Hippolutos, Seneca's Phaedra, Lope de Vega's Castigo sin venganza and Racine's Phèdre: together with Lope's Italian source. Matteo Bandello's Novella 44, they all deal with the old tale or none of its analogues. While paying minute comparative attention to the texts, it aims at clarifying the relevance of each work for the meandrous evolution of religious beliefs and ethical criteria in the history of European society, ranging from Democritus' effort to react against his contemporaries' archaic shame-culture attitudes to Latin Stoicism, to the syncretic Baroque outlook in siglo de oro drama and to the radical puritanical inwardness of French Jansenism. The last two chapters offer an original interpretation of Phèdre as the supreme poetic utterance of Racine's confusion and perplexity in front of the unresolved contradictions in his faith; a case is made in the Conclusion the view that the puzzled and puzzling mood of this mysterious play exemplifies the new mind-set that was paving the way for Enlightenment rationalism and the ensuing dechristianisation of the Western intelligentsia.

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