Development of the French drama of the eighteenth century

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Annie Preston Heilig (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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W. Barney

Abstract: The dramatic literature of the seventeenth century was characterized by the psychological study of man from either the tragic or the comic point of view; of man taken as a psychological unit and considered only in the permanent manifestations of the soul and therefore universal; of man to the exclusion of anything that was not a study of character, that is to say, man in relation to professions and social conditions. Tragedy and comedy were rigorously kept apart, each in its own particular object of study. Thus Corneille had specialized in questions of honor, patriotism and religion; Racine, in problem of love; Molière, although bringing on the stage a collection of bourgeois and servants, taken from the middle class, because one could not laugh at kings or the nobility, made fun of vices which are quite universal and eternal.

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Language: English
Date: 1934
French drama $y 18th century $x History

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