This book examines the historical, religious and literary forces which helped to create French melodrama, a dramatic genre which developed into the most popular entertainment of the nineteenth century in Europe as well as in America. Emphasizing the work of Guilbert de Pixerécourt (1773-1884), the book includes a biography of this tireless playwright/director whose life was often as colorful as the plays he was producing. It also contains charming new translations of two of his most popular melodramas: Coelina ou l'enfant du mystère and Le chien de Montargis ou la forêt de Bondy.
About the Author
The Author: J. Paul Marcoux is an associate professor of Theatre at Boston College where he has also served as Director of University Theatre. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, has written widely on a variety of theatre subjects and has directed more than fifty productions. He specializes in French popular theatre in the nineteenth century and is the author/translator of Georges Feydeau: Three Farces.
Table of Contents
Contents: The book centers on the origins of early French melodrama by reviewing its historical, religious and literary millieu. Guilbert de Pixerécourt's life and works are examined in some detail and new translations of two of his plays are provided.