The Open UniversitySkip to content
 

Memories, Fantasies, and Realities of Death in Racine’s Andromaque

Wilton-Godberfforde, Emilia (2019). Memories, Fantasies, and Realities of Death in Racine’s Andromaque. In: Hammond, Nicholas and Harris, Joseph eds. Racine's Andromaque: Absences and Displacements. Faux Titre, 436. Leiden: Brill, Rodopi, 61-78 (In Press).

URL: https://brill.com/view/title/56189
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar

Abstract

The world of Racine’s Andromaque is defined by loss, dislocation, and trauma. Fundamental components of the temporal fixations shared by the different characters (namely, their compulsion to fuse past, present and future) are the perpetual memo- ries, fantasies, threats and violent realities of death. In this paper, I propose to examine how death functions in the play through a dynamic interplay of binary oppositions. These include seeking out the dead and fleeing from the dead; shielding from death and threatening death; death as a strategic manoeuvre and as a wild uncontrolled act; death as a form of abstinence and as a lustful act; the death of Trojans as opposed to the death of Greeks; and male and female death. I show how death operates in a way that paradoxically immortalises and annihilates and will reveal the tension that is generated from the way in which characters obsessively negotiate their positions in relation to the slaughter of the past, imminent death and their mortiferous desires.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2020 Brill
ISBN: 90-04-41506-8, 978-90-04-41506-5
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
The Open UniversityNot SetThe Open University (OU)
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics > Languages
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Language & Literacies
Item ID: 66237
Depositing User: Emilia Wilton-Godberfforde
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2019 08:53
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2019 10:44
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/66237
Share this page:

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU