This study of Voltaire's theater points out the dramaturgical elements of situations, character types, theme and technique. Their specification and categorization emphasize a system and shed light on a practical theory deriving from a close reading of Voltaire's dramatic works. Aside from linking him to his seventeenth-century predecessors in tragedy, his approach offers an ideological consistency equally relevant to his comedies. Showing how closely allied Voltaire's plays are to each other and the possibilities for deviation within similarity, this work provides a new perspective on Voltaire's theater. It is the product of a man of the theater who relegates his role as philosopher to a secondary level, thus exploiting his philosophical notions to the benefit of his dramatic intent.
The Art of Voltaire's Theater
An Exploration of Possibility
American University Studies Series II, Romance Languages and Literature
Education & Reference