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The Cambridge Companion to Moliere by David (Royal Holloway, University of London) Bradby


The Cambridge Companion to Moliere by David (Royal Holloway, University of London) Bradby

A detailed introduction to Moliere and his plays, this Companion evokes his own theatrical career, his theatres, patrons, the performers and theatre staff with whom he worked, and the various publics he and his troupes entertained with such success. It looks at his particular brands of comedy and satire. L'Ecole des femmes, Le Tartuffe, Dom Juan, Le Misanthrope, L'Avare and Les Femmes savantes are examined from a variety of different viewpoints, and through the eyes of different ages and cultures. The comedies-ballets, a genre invented by Moliere and his collaborators, are re-instated to the central position which they held in his ÷uvre in Moliere's own lifetime; his two masterpieces in this genre, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme and Le Malade imaginaire, have chapters to themselves. Finally, the Companion looks at modern directors' theatre, exploring the central role played by productions of his work in successive 'revolutions' in the dramatic arts in France.


The highest compliment that one can pay to this well-written, appropriately illustrated book is that it spurs us on to revisit Moliere. These essays demonstrate the appropriateness of the focus on Moliere in the past decade, first with the creation of the admirable website, then with the publication of the eminently useful Moliere Encyclopedia in 2002, and now with the Cambridge Companion. - Ronald W. Tobin, University of California, Santa Barbara

About the Author

David Bradby is Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. Andrew Calder has recently retired from a Readership in the French Department at University College London.

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Publication date

14th September 2006


David (Royal Holloway, University of London) Bradby

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Cambridge University Press


268 pages


Literary studies: plays & playwrights
Literary studies: classical, early & medieval



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