The Cambridge companion to Moliere /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Bradby, David., Calder, Andrew, 1942-
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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"Moliere is the most companionable of writers," assert the editors of this fascinating volume on the life, works, and enduring influence of France's greatest comic playwright. Moliere's oeuvre, like Shakespeare's, has a protean quality that leads each succeeding generation to discover a new Moliere in its own image. This collection is not "a sarcophagus in which scholars have sought to lodge a complete and embalmed Moliere," but rather a compact, highly readable, entertaining, and informative book in which 16 renowned 17th-century specialists offer fresh glimpses into Moliere's genius. They delve into the playwright's day-to-day activities in the theaters of his time, his acting style, the art of comedy and satire in masterpieces like L'Avare and Le Misanthrope, the originality of his comedies-ballets, and the exciting "rebrandings" of Moliere by modern directors. Some contributors--e.g., Ralph Albanese, Robert McBride, Charles Mazouer--have been writing on theater for decades; others are newer to the field. This breadth of expertise, coupled with in-depth analysis in each individual essay, makes this a companion not to be neglected. Numerous illustrations, a concise chronology of Moliere's life, and a selective bibliography enhance the value of this volume for both readers and performers of Moliere. ^BSumming Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. C. B. Kerr Vassar College

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