Racine's Andromaque

Absences and Displacements

Racine’s Andromaque : Absences and Displacements casts a new look at the dynamism, richness, and complexity of Racine’s first major tragedy (first performed in Paris in 1667), through a collection of articles specially commissioned by the editors Nicholas Hammond and Joseph Harris. Challenging received opinions about the fixity of French ‘classicism’, this volume demonstrates how Racine’s play is preoccupied with absences, displacements, instability, and uncertainty. The articles explore such issues as: movement and transactions, offstage characters and locations, hallucinations and fantasies, love and desire, and translations and adaptations of Racine’s play. This collection will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars of seventeenth-century French theatre.

Contributors: Nicholas Hammond, Joseph Harris, Michael Moriarty, Emilia Wilton-Godberfforde, Delphine Calle, Jennifer Tamas, Michael Hawcroft, Katherine Ibbett, Richard Parish.

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Nicholas Hammond (D.Phil Oxford, 1992), Professor of Early Modern French Literature and Culture at Cambridge University, has published several books on early modern French subjects such as Pascal, Port-Royal, Gossip, and, most recently, The Powers of Sound and Song in Early Modern Paris (Penn State UP, 2019).

Joseph Harris (Ph.D. Cambridge, 2002), Professor of Early Modern French and Comparative Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, has published widely on early modern French literature, notably Inventing the Spectator: Subjectivity and the Theatrical Experience in Early Modern France (2014).
Notes on Contributors

Introduction: Hector’s Empty Tomb
Nicholas Hammond and Joseph Harris

1 Andromaque’s Absences
Nicholas Hammond

2 Actions and Transactions in Andromaque
Michael Moriarty

3 Misrecognitions and Misperceptions in Andromaque
Joseph Harris

4 Memories, Fantasies, and Realities of Death in Racine’s Andromaque
Emilia Wilton-Godberfforde

5 Andromaque or the Desire to Be Loved
Delphine Calle

6 Overcoming the Shadow: Andromaque’s Ambivalent Triumph
Jennifer Tamas

7 Translating Liminality: Entrances and Exits in Andromaque since 1667
Michael Hawcroft

8 Andromaque Translated: John Crowne’s Racine and the Refugee
Katherine Ibbett

9 ‘Principessa infelice!’ Andromaque in Italian Opera to 1819
Richard Parish

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Scholars and students interested in early modern theatre, especially the works of Jean Racine, and anyone concerned with classical reception (particularly the Trojan War).