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Corpus des notes marginales 10

This essential research work for Voltaire scholars reproduces Voltaire’s annotations written in the margins of books.

Contributors: Theodore Besterman, Jean Dagen, Ethel Groffier, Edouard Langille, Jean-Alexandre Perras, Gillian Pink, John Renwick, Alain Sandrier, Gerhardt Stenger, Gemma Tidman, David Williams, Irina Zaitseva

Rousseau on stage

Following his opposition to the establishment of a theatre in Geneva, Jean-Jacques Rousseau is often considered an enemy of the stage. Yet he was fascinated by drama: he was a keen theatre-goer, his earliest writings were operas and comedies, his admiration for Italian lyric theatre ran through his career, he wrote one of the most successful operas of the day, Le Devin du village, and with his Pygmalion, he invented a new theatrical genre, the Scène lyrique (‘melodrama’).

La comédie de mœurs: perversion du classique ou genre classique?

Pourquoi la comédie de mœurs fleurit-elle de 1680 à 1720? A cette question, l’histoire littéraire répond habituellement en évoquant le déclin de la France dans les dernières décennies du règne de Louis XIV, années de crise spirituelle et économique, favorisant la multiplication des escrocs en tous genres et le délitement des valeurs, à leur tour reflétés dans la comédie.

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