Comedy in Context: Essays on Moliere H. Gaston Hall

ISBN: 9781604735161

Published: January 20th 2010

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288 pages


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Comedy in Context: Essays on Moliere  by  H. Gaston Hall

Comedy in Context: Essays on Moliere by H. Gaston Hall
January 20th 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 288 pages | ISBN: 9781604735161 | 7.15 Mb

This book brings together a dozen essays devoted to aspects of Molieres stagecraft, each of which illustrates in its ways Halls thesis of comedy in context.It is only in later generations that some knowledge of Moliere has become part of FrenchMoreThis book brings together a dozen essays devoted to aspects of Molieres stagecraft, each of which illustrates in its ways Halls thesis of comedy in context.It is only in later generations that some knowledge of Moliere has become part of French popular culture through universal education, for in his own time Molieres art did not reach even the vast majority of Frenchmen.

This new volume of essays thus complements other studies of the comedies by focusing attention on an even larger audience upon the plays as Hall believes the playwright conceived them.The first seven essays considers questions and themes common to a number of Molieres plays, and the last five deal with individual comedies in the order in which they were originally published: LEcole des femmes, Tartuffe, Dom Juan, and Le Misanthrope.All the essays convey the authors conviction that Moliere was a writer of comedies which can be properly understood only in the historical and literary context in which they were imagined, written, performed, and published.

For Hall, the historical context of the comedies is clearly a reflection of Molieres activities as an actor-manager of his own comedy company as well as a reflection of social conditions of seventeenth century France. In addition, Hall shows the rich literary context of the plays by discussing the resources of literary works and of authors that provided subjects for Moliere.Through a close analysis of the text, Hall establishes historical and literary bases for the plays and gives them new direction and meaning.



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