Violence and Virtue: Early Modern French Theatre (MLF2070)

15 credits

The seventeenth century was a great age of French theatre, which witnessed the celebrated comedies of Molière and tragedies of Racine. This module offers an overview of French theatre during this period through a study of its three great playwrights. Themes covered will include bloodthirsty revenge, the place of women in patriarchal society, education and social mobility, as well as Greek myth and the emergence of opera. You will observe changes in literary tastes as theatregoers desensitized to violence from the Wars of Religion, and used to seeing gods or heroes from Antiquity on stage, gave way to spectators increasingly hungry for linguistic eloquence and moral commentaries on their own times.