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    Remy Belleau's la Reconnue and Niccolò Machiavelli's Clizia

    Braybrook, Jean (2001) Remy Belleau's la Reconnue and Niccolò Machiavelli's Clizia. Renaissance Studies 15 (1), pp. 1-16. ISSN 0269-1213.

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    Abstract

    This article compares and contrasts the ways Machiavelli and Belleau use their common source, Plautus' Casina. Machiavelli produces a comedy in prose, and Belleau one in verse. They are concerned with the notion of recognition, although in very different ways, they each feature women, and they adapt Plautus to their own age and their own language. It is suggested that Belleau produces an important innovation in showing his Juguenot heroine on stage. Through her in particular he expresses, towards the beginning of the Wars of Religion, his belief in the importance of toleration. The complexity of Belleau's imitative processes is also highlighted: he has, notably, borrowed much from French farce. This is particularly significant as he was a member of the Pléiade, which claimed to have turned its back on things medieval.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2018 14:07
    Last Modified: 26 Mar 2018 14:07
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/21900

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