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CARTESIAN SUBJECTIVITY ON THE NEOCLASSICAL STAGE; OR, MOLIÈRE ACTS CORNEILLE FOR LOUIS XIV

dc.contributor.author Gobert, Darren
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-01T13:40:57Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-01T13:40:57Z
dc.date.issued 2008-05
dc.identifier.issn 0040-5574
dc.identifier.issn 1475-4533
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/18094
dc.description.abstract <jats:p>In 1658, having been invited to perform at court for the first time in his career, Molière paired his farce<jats:italic>Le Docteur amoureux</jats:italic>with<jats:italic>Nicomède</jats:italic>, a 1651 play by France's reigning dramatist, Pierre Corneille. The choice of<jats:italic>Nicomède</jats:italic>is surprising for political reasons, since the play is shot through with suspicion of royal authority: Corneille's hero is a great military leader unjustly imprisoned by the weak king he selflessly serves. The choice becomes less surprising when one considers a different set of reasons. Corneille's play is a generic oddity that marries its tragic tropes to elements of historical drama and a surprisingly comic ending. Molière's provincial troupe may have felt more at ease in such a play than in a proper neoclassical tragedy, since they lacked training in rhetorically complex stage declamation and in the codified gestures and postures preferred to convey tragic stage emotion at the time. In particular, they lacked the facility of the king's (and Corneille's) favorites, the esteemed Hôtel de Bourgogne actors, who were in the audience as guests of the monarch. No doubt anxious in their presence and in the presence of the king, Molière might have sought to mitigate the unfavorable comparison he anticipated between the talents of his troupe and those of the reigning Paris tragedians.</jats:p>
dc.language en
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
dc.relation.ispartof Theatre Survey
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1017/s0040557408000045
dc.title CARTESIAN SUBJECTIVITY ON THE NEOCLASSICAL STAGE; OR, MOLIÈRE ACTS CORNEILLE FOR LOUIS XIV
dc.type Journal article
dc.date.updated 2019-03-01T13:40:57Z
pubs.begin-page 65
pubs.end-page 89
pubs.issue 01
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Theater Studies
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 49


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