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Title: Truth, Lies and Time-Travel: Jean Cocteau in the 'Impromptu' Tradition
Contributor(s): Hatte, Jennifer  (author)
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: Heavily influenced by the 'commedia dell'arte', and already in existence by the beginning ofthe seventeenth century, the shore theatrical form known as the 'impromptu', was at first and, as Lise Gauvin reminds us, often still is, no more than a 'divertissement', a curtain raiser with little or no serious content. Molière, with his 'Impromptu de Versailles', transformed the genre by making of his 'comédie des comédiens' a vehicle for both satire of his rivalsand rebuttal oftheir criticisms, while also providing a platform from which to broadcast his own poetics of theatre.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: French Seventeenth-Century Literature : Influences and Transformations : essays in honour of Christopher J. Gossip, p. 117-138
Publisher: Peter Lang
Place of Publication: New York, USA
ISBN: 9783039115372
Field of Research (FOR): 200511 Literature in French
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Medieval and early modern French studies
Series Number : 7
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