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MolièreReasoning With Fools$
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Michael Hawcroft

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199228836

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228836.001.0001

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The Raisonneurs and the Critics

The Raisonneurs and the Critics

(p.7) 1 The Raisonneurs and the Critics

Michael Hawcroft (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter explains the critical history of the term raisonneurs, which has been attached to a group of problematic characters in some of Molière's plays. The character has been seen variously by critics as the dramatist's mouthpiece, as a dramatic foil, as a comic ironist, and as an honnête homme. The chapter presents a new approach to these characters, combining analysis of dramaturgy and comedy, and stressing the importance of plot and of a linear reading of their roles as they evolve.

Keywords:   raisonneurs, mouthpiece, dramatic foil, comic ironist, honnête homme, comedy, dramaturgy, critics

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