Faculty Book: Marvin Carlson, trans. and ed.
Marvin Carlson, translator and editor
The Heirs of Molière
(Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, 2003; 364 pp.)
The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center has published The Heirs of Molière, translated and edited by Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair in Theatre Studies and distinguished professor of theatre and comparative literature at The Graduate Center. This volume contains four representative French comedies of the period from the death of Molière to the French Revolution: The Absent-Minded Lover by Jean-Francois Regnard, The Conceited Count by Philippe Nicault Destouches, The Fashionable Prejudice by Pierre Nivelle de la Chausse, and The Friend of the Laws by Jean-Louis Laya. Translated in a poetic form that seeks to capture the wit and spirit of the originals, these plays suggest something of the range of the Molière inheritance, from comedy of character, to the popular sentimental comedy of the 18th century, to comedy that employs Molière's tradition for more contemporary political ends—showing changing ideas about class, gender, and society in a turbulent century.
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Submitted on: AUG 1, 2003