Known principally for Bruges-la-Morte, a key work of Belgian Symbolism, Georges Rodenbach (1855-1898) is also the author of other works worthy of present-day study. His collections of poetry, his plays, and his other novels subtly rework themes which evoke his native Flanders. This volume contains the texts of two of his plays: Le Voile enacts a whole network of themes with a connection to Bruges - a veritable summary of the "intimism" which was the glory of literary and artistic Belgium in the 1890s - while Le Mirage adapts Bruges-la-Morte for the stage, in an attempt to exteriorise thoughts which in the novel were essentially self-enclosed. This is a volume in the series Textes litteraires/Exeter French Texts. The text, introduction and essential notes are all in French.
The late Richard Bales was Professor of Modern French Literature at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Frontispice, II; Remerciements, IV; Introduction, V; Le Voile, XI; Le Mirage, XVIII; Le Texte, XXII; Bibliographie sommaire, XXIII; LE VOILE, 1; LE MIRAGE, 29; Appendice I: Amour en nuances, 81; Appendice II: Tableau des oeuvres principales de Rodenbach et de ses confreres gantois, 1888-1904, 86.
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