In the News

In the News features articles on current topics in the Humanities, publications and projects by Berkeley faculty and fellowship participants, and general Townsend Center news.

January 25, 2007
Image of Anthony J. Cascardi.

Who is Jean Racine, and why should Berkeley—or the world at large—care?

“If you’re inside the French department or inside Literature, you just need to say ‘Racine’ and it’s taken for granted that it has importance,” says Anthony Cascardi, drawing out the playwright’s name as though it were an incantation.