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When a king wants to retire
Abdication in seventeenth-century French theater

  • Publication type: Journal article
  • Journal: Revue d’Histoire littéraire de la France
    2 – 2019, 119e année - n° 2
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  • Author: Ding (Ruoting)
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  • Abstract: In an absolutist France where any act of abdication is impossible from a legal point of view, the theme of the king’s retirement has an uncertain if not negative value that playwrights do not hesitate to evoke. For referential and poetic reasons, abdication is presented in an unfavorable light: it is associated with a crisis of legitimacy, and if the conquest of this desire for rest reflects royal greatness, its realization is always accompanied by impurity.
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  • Pages: 259 to 278
  • Last edition: 2019
  • Journal: Journal of French Literary History, n° 10

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  • ISBN: 978-2-406-09161-5
  • ISSN: 0035-2411
  • DOI: 10.15122/isbn.978-2-406-09162-2.p.0003
  • Publisher: Classiques Garnier
  • Parution date: 05-09-2019
  • Periodicity: Quarterly
  • Language: French
  • Keywords: Seventeenth-century theater, abdication, dramaturgy, poetics, royal function, power in crisis
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