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Harris, Joseph

Harris, Joseph

Harris, Joseph

Harris, Joseph

Harris, Joseph

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Joseph Harris

Abstract

Oreste’s hallucinations of the bloodied ghosts of Hermione and Pyrrhus at the end of Andromaque are only the most striking examples of a more general issue that preoccupies Racine throughout his play: characters’ disarming capacity to see what is not present or to overlook what is. Sometimes, the trope of misperception is raised deliberately, as when Oreste ironically pretends that Hermione believes she is talking to Pyrrhus. Elsewhere, it has more serious resonances; Andromaque twice proves incapable of seeing her son Astyanax without also seeing her dead husband, while Pyrrhus’s presence triggers in her traumatic visions of their first encounter.

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Nicholas Hammond and Joseph Harris