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ENGL412: Restoration & Eighteenth-century Drama

Unit 4: French Drama: Harlequin Comedy & Other Genres   In this unit, we will expand our nationalistic perspective on the drama of the long-eighteenth century to include work created and performed in France.  In so doing, we will investigate the joys of the Harlequin comedy of Pierre de Marivaux as well as the historical and philosophic drama of Voltaire.  Our course concludes, then, by rounding out the various genres that we have studied thus far by approaching theater from the stance of two of France’s most important dramatists of the period.

Unit4 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Describe the nature of eighteenth-century French drama and especially the theater of Harlequin comedy.
  • Identify and characterize the work of Pierre de Marivaux.
  • Compare and contrast Marivaux’s drama to that of Voltaire.

4.1 Pierre de Marivaux and Eighteenth-Century Theater in France   4.1.1 French Drama in the Eighteenth Century   - Reading: TheatreDatabase.com’s “French Drama in the Eighteenth Century” Link:  TheatreDatabase.com’s “French Drama in the Eighteenth Century”(HTML)
 
Instructions:  Please scroll down and read the entirety of TheatreDatabase.com’s introduction to French eighteenth-century drama. 
 
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4.1.2 Harlequin Comedy: An Introduction the Work and Life of Marivaux   - Reading: The “Preface” and “Introduction” to Everett Ward Olmsted’s A Selection of the Comedies of Marivaux Link: The “Preface” and “Introduction”(HTML) to Everett Ward Olmsted’s A Selection of the Comedies of Marivaux
 
Also available in:
ePub format on Google Books
 
Instructions:  Please scroll down and read the “Preface” and “Introduction” to Project Gutenberg’s version of Olmsted’s text. 
 
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4.2 Voltaire’s Impact on French Eighteenth-Century Theater   4.2.1 An Introduction to the Life and Work of Voltaire   - Reading: The Voltaire Foundation: “Introduction” and “Voltaire’s Early Life and Works” Links:  The Voltaire Foundation: “Introduction”(HTML) and “Voltaire’s Early Life and Works” (HTML)
 
Instructions:  Please scroll down and read the entirety of the Voltaire Foundation’s “Introduction” to Voltaire as well as the entirety of the section titled “Voltaire’s Early Life and Works.”
 
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4.2.2 Voltaire’s Socrates   - Reading: Voltaire’s Socrates and Citizendium.org’s “Voltaire’s Socrates” Links: Voltaire’s Socrates (HTML) and Citizendium.org’s “Voltaire’s Socrates (HTML)

 Also available in:  
 [ePub format](http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4683.epub)  

 Instructions:  Please scroll down and read the entirety of Project
Gutenberg’s version of Voltaire’s play as well as the entirety of
Citizendium.org’s background on the play.  In what ways is this a
“philosophic” play?  Why would Voltaire want to explore philosophy
in the form of drama?  That is, why would Voltaire want to dramatize
philosophy?     

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citizen’s compendium for information on the web, has made this
article concerning Voltaire’s *Socrates* available online.   

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