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Théophile in Carcere : dois rostos, uma moeda

Author(s): Sónia Gonçalves da Costa

Journal: Intercâmbio
ISSN 0873-366X

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 143;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: imitation | modernity | freedom | Viau

Theophile de Viau was sentenced to death for refusing to appear in court. During his stay in prison of the Conciergerie, the libertine published a violent pamphlet, in Latin, to expose the immoral nature of the leader of the Society of Jesus, the one responsible for his conviction. Behind a text apparently going through the precepts of the classical principle of imitation, we find a writer who does not hesitate to applaud his desire for modernity and aesthetic freedom, through the exaltation of pagan themes.

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