The Comic Machine, the Narrative Machine, and the Political Machine in the Works of Moliere (Studies in French Literature No.69)

The Comic Machine, the Narrative Machine, and the Political Machine in the Works of Moliere (Studies in French Literature No.69)

By: Zachary Polsky (author)Hardback

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This study examines in depth the nature of comedy itself, as well as the way that comedy was practised in 17th-century France, and applies these ideas to close readings of six seminal Moliere plays ("L'ecole des femmes", "Tartuffe", "Dom Juan", "Le misanthrope", "George Dandin" and "Le bourgeois gentilhomme"). It provides an understanding of the complexity inherent in the textual and political devices created and used by the playwright on the stage as well as in print.

Contents

Part I The comic and the narrative - from absentmindedness to trickery: Moliere's place in the history and nature of comedy; Molieresque moralism - comic certainties, socio-textual ambiguities; more moralism - familiar foibles, fresh new characters; Molieresque theatrical chaos; speech, voice and body in the Molieresque narrative; "Tartuffe", "Dom Juan", "Le misanthrope", "George Dandin" and "Le bourgeois gentilhomme"; more on the mechanics of Molieresque comedy. Part II The political machine and the machinery of absolutist politics: on the political context of Louis's rulership; power performance/performance power - Louis and Moliere on stage; the Pascalian faith-act; art (and comedy) as instruction; "L'ecole des femmes", "Tartuffe", "Dom Juan", "Le misanthrope", "George Dandin" and "Le bourgeois gentilhomme". Conclusion - of kings, comedians and performing machines.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773466067
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 220
  • ID: 9780773466067
  • ISBN10: 0773466061

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