Molière: A Playwright and His Audience

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CUP Archive, 1982 - 325 pages
Up until the last century there was a tendency, among directors in the theatre and academic critics alike, to stress the philosophical and satirical content of Molière's comedy and to overlook the fact that he was a professional man of the theatre. More recently, certain influential critics have tended to go to the other extreme and to emphasise the theatrical and aesthetic qualities of his plays at the expense of what they may have to offer as plays of ideas. This study seeks to reconcile the two approaches: while exploring the evolution of Molière's comedy as a vehicle for his own talents as an actor and for the resources of his company, the author also seeks to define the composition of the original audiences, both in the public theatre and at Court, and to assess the taste and attitudes of the spectators for whom the plays were written.

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INTRODUCTION
1
The formation of an actor
9
A playwright and his audience
33
Comic drama before Molière
76
The legacy of farce
87
Comedy and character
106
From satire to comedy of ideas
168
Comedy and ballet
213
The playwright as poet
227
Molières comic vision
244
Translation of French passages quoted
259
Appendices
305
Analysis of performances by Molières company
311
Index
321
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