Le matrone chinoise, ou, L'épreuve ridicule: comédie (1765)

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University of Exeter Press, 2003 - Drama - 115 pages
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La Matronne chinoise is a new critical edition of a two-act comedy by Pierre-René Lemonnier, first performed in paris in 1765.  Lemonnier adapted a theme which dates back to the Latin writer Petronius and is also present in an old Chinese story that has been more recently taken up by Voltaire: the story of an apparently inconsolable widow who rapidly finds consolation in the arms of another.   The edition is accompanied by a full introduction setting out the play’s historical and thematic context, along with an analysis of its versification and an appendix reproducing earlier versions of the tale from Petronius to Voltaire.

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Contents

Introduction
1
La Matrone chinoise ou lépreuve ridicule
27
Documentation thématique
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About the author (2003)

Ling-Ling Sheu is Associate Professor in the Department of French, Tamkang University of Taipei.

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