Cambridge Companion to Moli�re

ISBN-10: 0521546656
ISBN-13: 9780521546652
Edition: 2006
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Description: A detailed introduction to Moli� and his plays, this Companion evokes his own theatrical career, his theatres, patrons, the performers and theatre staff with whom he worked, and the various publics he and his troupes entertained with such success.  More...

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Book details

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 268
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

A detailed introduction to Moli� and his plays, this Companion evokes his own theatrical career, his theatres, patrons, the performers and theatre staff with whom he worked, and the various publics he and his troupes entertained with such success. It looks at his particular brands of comedy and satire. L'� ole des femmes, Le Tartuffe, Dom Juan, Le Misanthrope, L'Avare and Les Femmes savantes are examined from a variety of different viewpoints, and through the eyes of different ages and cultures. The comedies-ballets, a genre invented by Moli� and his collaborators, are re-instated to the central position which they held in his � uvre in Moli� 's own lifetime; his two masterpieces in this genre, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme and Le Malade imaginaire, have chapters to themselves. Finally, the Companion looks at modern directors' theatre, exploring the central role played by productions of his work in successive 'revolutions' in the dramatic arts in France.

Andrew Calder has recently retired from a Readership in the French Department at University College London.

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Preface
Chronology
The career strategy of an actor turned playwright: 'de l'audace, encore de l'audace, toujours de l'audace'
The material conditions of Moliere's stage
The master and the mirror: Scaramouche and Moliere
Moliere as satirist
How (and why) not to take Moliere too seriously
L'Avare or Harpagon's masterclass in comedy
Laughter and irony in Le Misanthrope
Comedies-ballets
Le Bourgeois gentilhomme: Moliere and music
Medicine and entertainment in Le Malade imaginaire
Moliere and the teaching of Frenchness: Les Femmes savantes as a case study
L'Ecole des femmes: matrimony and the laws of chance
Moliere nationalised: Tartuffe on the British stage from the Restoration to the present day
Landmark twentieth-century productions of Moliere: a transatlantic perspective on Moliere: mise en scene and its historiography
Dom Juan the Directors' Play
'Reculer pour mieux sauter': modern experimental theatre's debt to Moliere
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Index

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