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Orientalism in French Classical Drama : Cambridge Studies in French - Michele Longino

Orientalism in French Classical Drama

Cambridge Studies in French

Hardcover Published: 10th December 2001
ISBN: 9780521807210
Number Of Pages: 292

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Michele Longino examines the ways in which Mediterranean exoticism inflects the themes represented in French classical drama. Longino explores plays by Corneille, Moliere and Racine, Le Cid, Medee, and Le bourgeois gentilhomme among others. She offers a consideration of the role the staging of the near Orient played in shaping a sense of French colonial identity. Drawing on histories, travel journals, memoirs and correspondence, and bringing together literary and historical concerns, Longino considers these dramatisations in the context of French-Ottoman relations at the time of their production. She argues that what goes on in the cultural space of the theatre speaks to the larger domestic and international issues of the time, with important repercussions in our own postcolonial era. These plays continue to loom large in French cultural production even today, perpetuating a notion of 'Frenchness' that is meanwhile being increasingly put into question by the very demographics of France.

'... we are happily moved away from canonical issues relating to direct sources to a refreshing and thought-provoking perspective.' French Studies

List of illustrationsp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Orientationp. 14
Medee and the traveler-savantp. 29
Staging politics: Le Cidp. 77
Acculturating the audience: Le Bourgeois gentilhommep. 109
Orienting the world: organizing competition and gendering geography in Tite et Berenice and Berenicep. 147
The staging of France: Bajazet, Mithridate, communication and the detourp. 179
Conclusionp. 224
Notesp. 227
Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 270
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ISBN: 9780521807210
ISBN-10: 0521807212
Series: Cambridge Studies in French
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 10th December 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.6