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MolieRe Et Son Premier Tartuffe

GeneSe Et eVolution d'Une PieCe a Scandale

By (author) Robert McBride
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Manchester University Press, Manchester, United Kingdom
Published: 19th Jun 2012
Dimensions: w 142mm h 215mm d 23mm
Weight: 405g
ISBN-10: 0719085845
ISBN-13: 9780719085840
Barcode No: 9780719085840
Synopsis
Moliere et son premier Tartuffe sheds light on one of the most enduring mysteries in world theatre: the nature, structure and purpose of the first and no longer extant version of his most controversial play, Le Tartuffe. The study provides a succinct overview of the problem and a close analysis of events leading up to the original performance at Versailles. A careful reading of Moliere's own defence of this version situates its overriding inspiration in his wish to satirise specific religious groupings, whilst hoping vainly to avoid censure from the religious establishment of his day. There are three appendices: the first evaluates the hypotheses of a complete or incomplete play; the second analyses the claims that Moliere took certain people as models for Tartuffe, and the final appendix seeks to reopen the question of Moliere's stance towards religion. The conclusion is that Le Tartuffe should not be seen as inherently hostile to religion, but rather as constituting a plea for tolerance, charity and transparency in its practice, none of which runs counter to the spirit and tenets of historic Christianity. This will appeal to lecturers and students of French Studies and Theatre Studies. -- .

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