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Le monstre « classique », un trompe-l'oeil ? Atys, « tragédie en musique », et l’esthétique baroque

Grünnagel, Christian

In: HeLix - Heidelberger Beiträge zur romanischen Literaturwissenschaft, 1 (2009), pp. 52-75

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Atys, one of Jean-Baptiste Lully’s operas (libretto by Philippe Quinault) that experienced a sort of revival stemming from the Arts Florissants’ production in 1987, is typically taken by scholars and spectators as the representative example of its genre, the so-called “tragédie en musique.” This article analyzes the presence of the monster and monstrosity in act five from a literary point of view, elements regarded traditionally as incompatible with the aesthetics of French classicism. It is, however, possible to come to a “baroque” re-interpretation of Atys, bearing in mind the myth-based plot of this opera which features not only Foucault’s “monster” par excellence of the Grand Siècle, i.e., the hermaphrodite, but also includes the monstre sacré of Italian opera, the castrato.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: HeLix - Heidelberger Beiträge zur romanischen Literaturwissenschaft
Volume: 1
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2009 11:43
Date: 2009
Page Range: pp. 52-75
Faculties / Institutes: Neuphilologische Fakultät > Romanisches Seminar
Subjects: 840 Literatures of Romance languages
Uncontrolled Keywords: Literaturwissenschaft; Musikwissenschaft; Romanistik; Französistik, Jean-Baptiste Lully (Lulli); Philippe Quinault; Atys; tragédie en musique; tragédi
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