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The modern epic intertext in the theory and practice of epic in Chateaubriand

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The different types of intertextuality (quotation, allusion, summary, translation), applied to the mechanisms of the firstgenre (epie), and analysed through the works of an author grappling with various revolutions, are much more than anerudite practice. Examined in an apologetic treatise such as the Génie du christianisme, then in the poetic extension oftwo primary epie works, Les Natchez and Les Martyrs, the modern epie intertext - since modernity is what must beconstructed at the passage from the Old Regime to the French Revolution and from this one to Napoleon's Empiretracesout a point of view depending both on the rhetoric structure and on the history of mentalities. The poetsChateaubriand recalls in the texture of epie th us become the ideal interlocutors to work out a discourse on History.Following a three-terms approach, suggested by the author himself (tapie, characters/passions, landscapes), theintertextual mosaic of Chateaubriand sometimes reveals a cultural connivance sometimes inaugurates a poetical andpolitical contestation. The analysis of these tensions finally helps us to construct the most representative image of thepoet in his Time.

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