The Secret Language of the Face: Representations of Emotions in Racine’s Tragedies

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Abstract


In his essay L’effet de sourdine dans le style classique: Racine, Léo Spitzer analyzes attenuation mechanisms especially in connection with the face (gaze, eyes, mouth). How to approach the idea of face ? And how to use it in the analysis of classical theater’s language?  We presume that the face systematically expresses deep emotions and is closely connected to the body and to this « bouillonnement intérieur » (inner excitement) that agitates the racinian heroes by pushing them to hide behind  an anonymous, official or collective mask.

Keywords


visage; émotions; atténuation; masque; Racine

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17951/lsmll.2020.44.1.105-112
Data publikacji: 2020-05-01 01:07:17
Data złożenia artykułu: 2019-09-28 12:12:25


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