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Orientalism in French Classical Drama


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  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521025171

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  • Michèle Longino examines the ways in which Mediterranean exoticism inflects the themes represented in French classical drama. Longino explores plays by Corneille, Molière and Racine, Le Cid, Médée, 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 dramatizations 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.

    • This study offers an in-depth study of seven classical plays
    • It provides a careful analysis of French-Ottoman relations
    • The book offers a cultural studies approach
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521025171
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.438kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Médée and the traveler-savant
    2. Staging politics: Le Cid
    3. Acculturating the audience: Le Bourgeois gentilhomme
    4. Orienting the world: organizing competition and gendering geography in Tite et Bérénice and Bérénice
    5. The staging of France: Bajazet, Mithridate, communication and the detour

  • Author

    Michèle Longino, Duke University, North Carolina
    Michèle Longino is Associate Professor of French Studies in the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University. She is the author of Performing Motherhood: The Sévigné Correspondence (1991).

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