Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 November 2011

240 Pages

ISBN: 9780748645152

Bookseller Code (06)

The Phantom of Chance

From Fortune to Randomness in Seventeenth-Century French Literature

John Lyons

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Edinburgh Critical Studies in Renaissance Culture

  • Renews our understanding of romance, tragedy, comedy & religious polemic in the light of the changed conceptions of the fortuitous
  • Shows how the emergence of suspense and subjective interest are linked to the shift from Fortune to randomness
  • Proposes a new view on how religious writers, faced with the sceptical challenge of late Renaissance thought, integrated chance into the post-Reformation mainstream of Catholic teachings

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