Molière's Strategies: Timely Reflections on his Art of Comedy by Walter E. RexMolière's Strategies: Timely Reflections on his Art of Comedy by Walter E. Rex

Molière's Strategies: Timely Reflections on his Art of Comedy

byWalter E. Rex

Paperback | July 11, 2013

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Of all the playwrights from the age of Louis XIV, only Molière’s work is still regularly performed in France and beyond. This book analyses certain elements of the plays that may explain Molière’s longevity: a plausible chain of events peppered with shocks and surprises; tensions between opposites; intellectual concerns that had not previously been the province of comedy; and plots founded on situations that are anything but comic. These hallmarks added up to an intense type of comic theatre, meaningful in ways that gave the genre a new dimension. The author of this study does not treat Molière’s plays as variations on a single prototype, but brings a fresh approach to each. The book’s witty, learned and penetrating readings examine critical issues such as the ambiguous anti-feminism of Les Femmes savantes, Molière’s revisions of the myth of Don Juan, ‘conversion’ as the theological starting point of Le Tartuffe, contrariety as the basis of comedies such as George Dandin and Le Misanthrope, and coded satire in the comédie-ballets. Each play is revealed to have a seamless comic design, while at the same time speaking to the wider world. Molière’s works are shown to be entirely and immediately involved in human society, in the social dimension of the human condition.
Walter E. Rex (1927-2010) was a professor of French literature at the University of California, Berkeley. His publications included Essays on Pierre Bayle and Religious Controversy (1965), Pascal’s Provincial Letters: An Introduction (1977), The Attraction of the Contrary: Essays on the Literature of the French Enlightenment (1987), Di...
Title:Molière's Strategies: Timely Reflections on his Art of ComedyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:July 11, 2013Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3034309201

ISBN - 13:9783034309202


Table of Contents

Contents: George Dandin, ou le mari confondu – Literary Sources of George Dandin : La Jalousie du barbouilléDom Juan, ou le Festin de PierreLe Loup et l’Agneau by La Fontaine: Molière’s Endings – Le Misanthrope – Delaying Tactics in a Caractère by La Bruyère – Molière’s Two Funniest Scenes – Sex, Philosophy and Other Problems in Les Femmes savantesLe Tartuffe, Act I: Conversion – Le Tartuffe, Acts II-V: Seduction – Hierarchy, Comédie-ballet, the Ballets of George Dandin – The Musical and Spoken Prologues of Le Malade imaginaire – Molière’s Titles, Vraisemblance, Surprise – Act I: Male Authority, Comic Manoeuvres, Toinette – Act II: Structure as Rite, Marriage as Medicine – Act III: Philosophical Centre and Theatrical Crisis – Troisième Intermède: Music, Dance, Medicine.