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Two Plays by Denis Diderot

Diderot, Denis

Two Plays by Denis Diderot

The Illegitimate Son and The Father of the Family
Translated with an Introduction by Kiki Gounaridou and John Hellweg

Series: Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures - Volume 188

Year of Publication: 2011

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2011. X, 175 pp.
ISBN 978-1-4331-1363-5 hb.  (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-4539-0163-2 (eBook)

Weight: 0.370 kg, 0.816 lbs

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Book synopsis

Denis Diderot (1713-1784) was one of the French philosophers and writers of the Enlightenment. This volume contains the first English translations of his plays, The Illegitimate Son and The Father of the Family. These complex and very entertaining plays delve into the attitudes of the middle-class, bourgeois society and reveal an eighteenth-century «suburbia» that populates dramatic and suspenseful situations and settings. The translations are vivid and contemporary and bring the plays alive to early twenty-first-century stage and culture.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Kiki Gounaridou received her PhD from the University of California, Davis. She teaches theatre history and theory at Smith College. She is the editor of Text & Presentation and the author of Euripides and Alcestis: Simulations, Speculations, and Stories of Love in the Athenian Culture and of Staging Nationalism: Essays on Theatre and National Identity.
John Hellweg received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an actor, director, and Professor Emeritus of Theatre at Smith College. He has performed in over thirty productions, most recently with the Talking Band and with the Ensemble of the Romantic Century in New York City, and has directed over forty academic and professional productions.


Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures. Vol. 188
General Editors: Tamara Alvarez-Detrell and Michael G. Paulson