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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury 3PL; New edition edition (1 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853994596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853994593
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Parish is Professor of French at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Catherine's College. His publications include "Pascal's 'Lettres Provinciales': a study in polemic" (1989), "Racine: the limits of tragedy" (1993) and the Bristol Classical Press edition of Moliere's "Le Tartuffe" (1994).

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By Xenophon on 5 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
Richard Parish's edition of Racine's 'Phedre' (the text is in French here) is quite simply an exceptional piece of scholarship.

In his introduction, Professor Parish discusses the genesis of the text, the main themes, protagonists and accounts of how the play has been staged in the past. What is most brilliant however is Parish's commentary on the text found at the book, a commentary where he discusses the play in terms of the literary devices and forms of rhetoric that were so important to playwrights in 17th-century France but that may be overlooked by modern readers. These devices (such as antonomasia, hypotaxis, polyptoton) are elucidated further in the glossary provided by Parish.

A reading of Racine's 'Phedre' accopmanied by Parish's insightful comments is therefore an experience that allows the reader a greater insight into the internal workings of the play and allows him a greater appreciation of this work, others by Racine, Moliere, Corneille, of the period, and theatre as a whole.
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By HS on 30 April 2013
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I ordered "Phedre" by Racine which came in the following couple of days after I made my order. The condition of the book is very good- looks new. The play is in French but the commentary and introduction are in English.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Racine retells the Greek tragedy of Phedre and Hippolytus 29 April 2003
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This year I am using Jean Racine's "Phedre" as the one non-classical text in my Classical Greek and Roman Mythology Class (yes, I know, "Classical" makes "Greek and Roman" redundant, but it was not my title). In Greek mythology, Phedre was the half-sister of the Minotaur who was married to Theseus after the hero abandoned her sister Ariadne (albeit, according to some versions of what happened in Crete). Phedre fell in love with her step-son Hippolytus, who refused her advances. Humiliated, she falsely accused him of having raped her.
My students read "Phedre" after Euripides's "Hippolytus" as part of an analogy criticism assignment, in which they compare/contrast the two versions, which are decidedly different, to say the least. In the "original" Greek version Hippolytus is a follower of Artemis, and the jealous Aphrodite causes his stepmother to fall in love with him. Phedre accuses Hippolytus of rape and then hangs herself; Theseus banished his son who is killed before Artemis arrives to tell the truth. In Racine's version Hippolytus is a famous hater of women who falls in love with Aricia, a princess of the bloodline of Athens. When false word comes that Theseus is dead, Phedre moves to put her own son on the throne. In the end the same characters end up dead, but the motivations and other key elements are different. Most importantly, unlike Euripides, Racine gives us actual scenes between the Phedre and Hippolytus.
While I personally would not go so far as to try and argue how Racine's neo-classical version represents the France of 1677, I have found that comparing and contrasting the two versions compels students to think about the choices each dramatist has made. Both the similarities and the differences between "Hippolytus" and "Phedre" are significant enough to facilitate this effort. Additionally, "Phedre" is considered by most scholars of the period to be the culmination of the neo-classical movement, which gives it additional value in the study of drama. Note: Other dramatic versions of this myth include Seneca's play "Phedre," "Fedra" by Gabriele D'Annunzio, "Thesee" by Andrea Gide, and "The Cretan Woman" by Robinson Jeffers.
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