The French Face of Ophelia from Belleforest to Baudelaire

The French Face of Ophelia from Belleforest to Baudelaire

by James M. Vest
     
 

A unique and comprehensive examination of the character of Ophelia from its pre-Shakespearean origins in France, in Belleforest's Histoires tragiques (1570), through three centuries of metamorphosis in French literature and culture. Attention is focused on the singularly French perception of Ophelia's active, provocative role as presented by Belleforest and

Overview

A unique and comprehensive examination of the character of Ophelia from its pre-Shakespearean origins in France, in Belleforest's Histoires tragiques (1570), through three centuries of metamorphosis in French literature and culture. Attention is focused on the singularly French perception of Ophelia's active, provocative role as presented by Belleforest and Shakespeare, and subsequently by Prevost, Voltaire, Laplace, Ducis, Diderot, Stael, Stendhal, Guizot, Hugo, Sand, Musset, Gautier, Delacroix, Dumas, Baudelaire, and others. This book differs from previous studies in its emphasis on the role of Ophelia as a vital, capable agent in the drama of Hamlet, who captivated the attention and imagination of French authors, translators and critics.

Editorial Reviews

James S. Patty
Prof. Vest has brought impeccable scholarship to bear on his material and treated it in depth, as is evidenced by his rich bibliography of several hundred items. The discussion is intelligent, insightful, and clearly written (and not without witty, pungent touches).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819175229
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
10/28/1989
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

James M. Vest is Associate Professor of Foreign Languages at Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee.

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