Goldoni in Paris: La Gloire et le Malentendu by Jessica GoodmanGoldoni in Paris: La Gloire et le Malentendu by Jessica Goodman

Goldoni in Paris: La Gloire et le Malentendu

byJessica Goodman

Hardcover | May 1, 2017

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The thirty years Carlo Goldoni spent in Paris hold an ambiguous place in his career. The preface to his autobiography explicitly draws attention to France as the site of his authorial glory, but elsewhere he dismisses his work for the Parisian Comedie-Italienne as a failure, and this view hascome to dominate modern readings of his French experience. This study sets out to explore this apparent contradiction. By reading Goldoni's own contemporary and subsequent accounts through the lens of his context as a dramatic author in 1760s Paris, Jessica Goodman sheds new light on both hisexperience and critical reactions to that experience.A key part of this contextualisation is an examination of contemporary Comedie-Italienne archives, resulting in the most comprehensive existing account of this oft-neglected theatre and its authorial relations in the period. When material and artistic conditions at the Comedie-Italienne thwarted theself-fashioning strategies Goldoni had developed in Italy, he turned his attention to other areas of French life; notably the court and the Comedie-Francaise. Yet despite relative success in this regard, his career as an eclectic homme de lettres was lost in translation to posterity. In his FrenchMemoires, he constructed the claim of Parisian glory according to an out-dated understanding of what it meant to succeed in the French literary field, focusing predominantly on the power of Comedie-Francaise success. Ultimately, this construction was a failure: in modern France, Goldoni isremembered as a famous foreigner, not the consecrated French litterateur he believed he had become.
Jessica Goodman was educated at a state school in Cardiff, and studied French and Italian at Worcester College, Oxford. Following a Masters in the European Enlightenment, she completed her DPhil under the supervision of Alain Viala, before taking up a Junior Research Fellowship at Clare College, Cambridge. She returned to Oxford and jo...
Title:Goldoni in Paris: La Gloire et le MalentenduFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0 inPublished:May 1, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Comedie-Italienne timelineGoldoni timelinePrologueIntroduction1. The strange case of Carlo Goldoni2. Mapping theatrical Paris3. Being an author in eighteenth-century theatre4. The rules of the game: authorship at the Comedie-Italienne5. Goldoni's dilemma: authorship and authority6. Goldoni's Parisian career7. The Memoires and their legacy8. The afterlife of an authorConclusion - La gloire, malentendueBibliographyIndex