‘Une littérature qui doive, avec des modifications convenables, servir de règle aux autres’: Changes in classical tragedy at the Comédie-Française

Clare Siviter*

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Abstract

In terms of French theater history, the Napoleonic Empire is frequently recognized as a key turning point in the development of the term "classique", and thus the evolution of our scholarly understanding of "classicism". This article concentrates on an 1814 manuscript from the Comédie-Française that details the corrections, cuts, and changes it made to its repertoire. The analysis of this manuscript reveals that the plays at the basis of theatrical classicism - notably the tragedies by Pierre Corneille, Jean Racine, and Voltaire - were much more malleable than current studies acknowledge, which fundamentally challenges our current scholarly understanding of "classique" and "Classicism".
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-314
JournalStudi Francesi
Volume64
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 8 Jan 2020

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