Challenges to Traditional Authority: Plays by French Women Authors, 1650-1700 (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series #36) (Paperback)

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Description


The second half of the seventeenth century marked the first major breakthrough for women playwrights in France, as some of them succeeded in getting their works staged, published and taken seriously by critics and authority figures. The four works included here, translated into English for the first time, represent the diversity of genres cultivated by these writers, while reflecting both the cultural milieu of the era and a concern for the status of women. Françoise Pascal’s Endymion, a tragicomedy with special effects, daringly reexamines a classical myth. Marie-Catherine Desjardins’s Nitetis, a historical tragedy, focuses on the plight of a virtuous and astute queen married to an evil tyrant. Antoinette Deshoulières’s Genseric, also a historical tragedy, rejects prevailing models of male heroism and of conventional tragic plots. Catherine Durand’s proverb comedies contain a scathing critique of aristocratic mores and give voice to women’s desires for emancipation.

About the Author


Perry Gethner, who holds a doctorate from Yale, is Regents Professor of French and chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Oklahoma State University. He has published critical editions and translations of many early modern French plays, as well as numerous articles dealing with French drama and opera of that period.

Perry Gethner, who holds a doctorate from Yale, is Regents Professor of French and chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Oklahoma State University. He has published critical editions and translations of many early modern French plays, as well as numerous articles dealing with French drama and opera of that period.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780866985307
ISBN-10: 0866985301
Publisher: Iter Press
Publication Date: August 28th, 2015
Pages: 308
Language: English
Series: The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series