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Fortune and Fatality: Performing the Tragic in Early Modern France (1655-1715)


Conference Schedule

Fortune and Fatality: Performing the Tragic in Early Modern France (1553-1715) 
The Graduate Center, City University of New York 
20 October 200


8:00-9:30 Registration (Room 4202) 

9:45-10:00 Welcome Address (Martin E. Segal Theatre) 

10:00-11:30 Panel I: The Theory of Tragedy (Martin E. Segal Theatre)

            Moderator: Desmond Hosford

            Yann Robert, Princeton University

                  “De la moralité des tragédies: le Saint Genest de Rotrou et la querelle du théâtre” 

            Jacqueline Libby, City University of New York

                  “‘Major e longinquo reverentia’: On Geographical and Historical Distance in Racine’s Bajazet” 

Peter Kulsrud (New York University), “The Mise en Scène of the Late Baroque French Theater and the

Death of the Tragic Vision (1700-1743)”


11:30-11:45 Pause 

11:45-12:45 Panel II: Construction of the Tragic Self (Martin E. Segal Theatre)

            Moderator: Charles Wrightington 

            Sherod Marshall, University of Arkansas

                  “Cardinal de Retz as Stage Director: Exquisite Prevarication in the Aristocratic Drama of the Frondes” 

            Steven Johnston (Emory University),

                   “(Re)Writing Myth: Racine, Phèdre, and the Power of Re-Invention”


12:45-2:00 Lunch (Room 4202) 

2:15-3:45 Panel III: Gender and Tragedy (Room 4202)

            Moderator: Charles Wrightington 

            Hélène Billis-Gruson, University of California, Berkeley

                  “The Theatricality of Tragic Succession: Fathers Who Will not Die and Sons Who Cannot Reign” 

            Angèle Branca, City University of New York 
“Portrait de l'auteure dramatique en suppliant: Manlius de Marie-Catherine Desjardins”

            Sylvie Ngilla, University of Minnesota

                  “Les lois du trépas: mise à mort des femmes tragiques” 

3 :45-4 :00 Pause 

4 :00-5 :30 Keynote Address (Martin E. Segal Theatre)

            Domna C. Stanton

            Distinguished Professor of French, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

                  “The Daughter’s Sacrifice: The Paternal Order in Racine’s Iphigénie” 

5:30-6:00 Pause (Room 4202) 

6:15  Concert

            La Musique de la Reine performs vocal and instrumental works by Clérambault, L. Couperin, Duphly, and Montéclair on period instruments.

Concert Program

“Fortune & Fatality: Performing the Tragic in Early Modern France” 

Concert Program 

Martin Segal Theatre
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
6:00 pm
Admission: Free 

La Musique de la Reine 
Sopranos: Brooke Bryant and Brett Umlauf
Baroque Violin: Chern Hwei Fung
Basse de Viole: Virginia Kaycoff
Harpsichord: Desmond Hosford

Le Tombeau de Monsieur de Blancrocher 
Chaconne « La Complaignante »   
Louis Couperin  (ca.1626-1661)
solo harpsichord

La Mort de Didon
Michel Pignolet de Montéclair (bapt. 1667 1737)
cantata for soprano, violin, and continuo                                                               


Jacques Duphly  (1715-1789)
solo harpsichord                                                                                                       

Pyrame et Thisbé  
Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749)
cantata for soprano, violin, flute, and continuo