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Moliere : A Playwright and his Audience - W. D. Howarth


A Playwright and his Audience

Paperback Published: 30th August 1982
ISBN: 9780521286794
Number Of Pages: 348

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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 Moliere'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 Moliere'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.

List of illustrations
General preface to the series
The Background
The formation of an actor
A playwright and his audience
Comic drama before Molière
The Plays
The legacy of farce
Comedy and character
Laughter and 'le rire dans l'ame'
From satire to comedy of ideas
Comedy and ballet
The Aesthetic of Comedy
The playwright as poet
Molière's comic vision; Translation of French passages quotes
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ISBN: 9780521286794
ISBN-10: 0521286794
Series: London Mathematical Society Lecture Notes
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 30th August 1982
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.44