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Moliere S Strategies: Timely Reflections on His Art of Comedy Walter E Rex

Moliere S Strategies: Timely Reflections on His Art of Comedy

Walter E Rex

Published June 2nd 2014
ISBN : 9781299877801
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354 pages
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Of all the playwrights from the age of Louis XIV, only Molieres work is still regularly performed in France and beyond. This book analyses certain elements of the plays that may explain Molieres longevity: a plausible chain of events peppered withMoreOf all the playwrights from the age of Louis XIV, only Molieres work is still regularly performed in France and beyond. This book analyses certain elements of the plays that may explain Molieres 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 Molieres plays as variations on a single prototype, but brings a fresh approach to each. The books witty, learned and penetrating readings examine critical issues such as the ambiguous anti-feminism of Les Femmes savantes, Molieres 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 comedie-ballets. Each play is revealed to have a seamless comic design, while at the same time speaking to the wider world. Molieres works are shown to be entirely and immediately involved in human society, in the social dimension of the human condition.