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Essays on French Comic Drama from the 1640s to the 1780s

Connon, Derek / Evans, George (eds.)

Essays on French Comic Drama from the 1640s to the 1780s

Series: French Studies of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries - Volume 7

Year of Publication: 2000

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., New York, Wien, 2000. 236 pp.
ISBN 978-3-906758-39-8 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.350 kg, 0.772 lbs

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Book synopsis

This is a rich collection of essays on French comic drama of the period from the renewal of comic drama in the 1640s to the eve of the French Revolution. The book offers exciting new studies of individual works and authors, while giving full consideration to broader issues. Major authors (such as Molière, Marivaux and Beaumarchais) are treated alongside authors who, while famous in their day and instrumental in the development of the genre, have lesser reputations today. The collection reveals the continuities, variations and new departures in the diverse comic traditions of the period in the different Paris theatres, including both the officially recognised Comédie-Française and Comédie-Italienne and the independent commercial Fair companies.


Contents: Guy Snaith: Dom Japhet d'Arménie and other descendants of Noah – Christopher J Gossip: Thomas Corneille and the comic tradition – William Brooks: Quinault and La Mère coquette – Nicholas Hammond: Authorship and authority in Molière’s Le Misanthrope – Marie-Claude Canova-Green: Feinte et comédie dans La Comtesse d’Escarbagnas de Molière – Michael Cardy: A trumpet obbligato: contextualisation of a passage from Lesage’s Turcaret – Richard Waller: The theatrical writings of Jacques Autreau and the problems of experimentation – George Evans: Marivaux’s Arlequin poli par l’amour and the implications of play-acting – Derek F Connon: Piron’s Arlequin-Deucalion: Fair play, or anti-Fair play? – Philip Robinson: Reflexions on early eighteenth-century French theatrical parody – John Dunkley: Destouches and moralising comedy: the defining of a genre – Katherine Astbury: Marmontel’s theories on comedy and his moral tales: the influence of prose on the theatre in the second half of the eighteenth century – Mark Darlow: Parody and the comédie mêlée d’ariettes, 1752-1789 – Mark Ledbury: Beaumarchais’s visual vocabulary.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editors: Derek Connon studied French at the University of Liverpool, where he wrote a Ph.D. thesis on the theatrical works of Diderot. He is now Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Wales Swansea.
George Evans studied French at the University of Wales Swansea where he has recently retired as Senior Lecturer in French.


«… ce volume renferme une grande diversité de procédés et il sait renouveler l’intérêt du lecteur en lui offrant des perspectives inattendues.» (Richard A. Francis, Studi Francesi)


French Studies of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Vol. 7
Edited by Malcolm Cook and James Kearns