Rules, Rule-Breaking, and French Neoclassicism: Crash Course Theater #20

Everyone knows, you need a bunch of rules to make good theater. That’s what the French thought in the 17th century, anyway. The French Neoclassical revival had a BUNCH of French playwrights following a bunch of rules. Unsurprisingly, some of the most interesting plays of the era broke those rules. Today, we’ll talk about the rules, and we’ll talk about Racine (who followed them), and Corneille (who was not so much a rules guy).

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