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Forgotten Virgo : Humanism and Absolutism in Honoré d'Urfe's "L'Astrée"

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This study argues that the learned and political tradition associated with the goddess Astraea call for a rereading of L'Astrée in light of Virgilian pastoral and epic. These two interdependent genres, the book demonstrates, had traditionally figured the ties between culture and empire. They thus enable d'Urfé to locate his humanistic fictions of fifth century sheperds as the pastoral interlude within a larger epic of the French monarchy. However, resisting the nascent absolutism of Henry IV, d'Urfé paradoxically encouraged his readers to forget Astraea and Bourbon epic to which he points. He thereby liberated the world of pastoral from the burden of humanism and absolutism, creating myths of personal and literary autonomy that would resonate throughtout the seventeenth-century and beyond.

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Forgotten Virgo : Humanism and Absolutism in Honoré d'Urfe's "L'Astrée"

Forgotten Virgo : Humanism and Absolutism in Honoré d'Urfe's "L'Astrée"

Cette étude trouve dans les traditions à la fois savantes et politiques associées à la déesse Astrée une invitation à relire l'œuvre d'Honoré d'Urfé à la lumière de la pastorale et de l'épopée virgiliennes. Pourtant, refusant l'absolutisme naissant...

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Title Forgotten Virgo : Humanism and Absolutism in Honoré d'Urfe's "L'Astrée"
Edition First Edition
Volume 15
By (author) Kathleen WINE
ISSN 1420-7699
Issue 40
Language Anglais
Publisher Librairie Droz
Title First Published 02/1/2000
 
Format Hardback
ISBN-13 978-2-600-00393-3
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9782600003933
Reference no. 40-15
Publication Date 02/1/2000
Nb of pages 336
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