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Aspects of Twentieth-Century Theatre in French

Michael Cardy and Derek Connon

This book assembles fifteen essays by different hands on dramatic literature written in French in the twentieth century. The great majority of the essays deal with plays published after 1939. Each chapter is an original study of aspects of the work of a given author that have been overlooked or inadequately treated in the scholarly literature to date. Most of the greatest French dramatists of the century are represented in the volume, although several of the authors studied are not primarily known for their contributions to dramatic literature, while the inclusion of a ‘provincial’ playwright and of two Québécois dramatists seeks to surprise readers by reminding them that Paris does not enjoy a total monopoly on French-speaking theatre. The book has as its primary aim to illustrate the vitality and the sheer variety of drama written in French during the century.
Contents: Meryl Goodwin: Cocteau’s Parade: a re-evaluation – Gabriel Jacobs: 'Cassandre à la propagande': La Guerre de Troie and the phoney war – Derek F Connon: Sartre and Puccini: Morts sans sépulture as 'shabby little shocker' – Valerie Howells: Lyrisme [in]humain: Camus, dramatist and/or novelist and essayist? – Richard Griffiths: Montherlant and the veneer of the classical – Leslie Anne Boldt-Irons: Artaud’s concept of theatrical space – Ian H Magedera: Relation(s) in Les Bonnes: Genet and Sophocles; Hegel and Derrida – Gerald Macklin: The teller and the tale: Narrating the narrator in Samuel Beckett’s Cendres, Pas moi and Pas – James Dolamore: La Soif et la faim: Ionesco’s theatre of cruelty – Catherine Rodgers: Un homme est venu me voir de Marguerite Duras: Dédoublements, duplicités et ambiguïtés – Valerie Minogue: Nathalie Sarraute: Two plays and their audience – Nathalie Morello: Françoise Sagan: Une 'a-morale' du non-sens existentiel – Brian George: The poetry of politics: Benedetto’s La Madone des ordures – Michael Cardy: Michel Tremblay: Approaches to three plays from the period 1981-1990 – Christopher Rolfe: The drama of Quebec past and present: Three plays by Marie Laberge.