The Visionaries (Les Visionnaires), first staged before Cardinal Richelieu in 1637, achieved enormous popularity with Parisian audiences during its author's lifetime (1595-1676), before tastes changed with the advent of neo-classicism. Ironically, the comedy itself is concerned with the vanity of literary fashions, as well as with forms of what has come to be known as "self-fashioning" but which the author groups under the heading of self-deluding folly (the primary meaning of the title).
Apart from poetry and riches, the other satirical targets exemplify the follies of love and war, so the range of human imaginative activities is pretty well covered. This is done by way of a typical comic plot-a father with daughters to marry off-which self-destructs without reaching its generically determined conclusion, since the daughters and their eligible suitors all reject the idea of marriage. Instead, they prefer to remain within their private fantasies, which prove as irresistibly pleasing to themselves as they are hilarious to the audience.
L'auteur - Richard Hillman
Richard Hillman (Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Université de Tours/CNRS), has produced numerous translations, as well as essays and monographs, testifying to his interest in links between early modern England and France, especially with respect to theatre.
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L'auteur - Michel Bitot
Michel Bitot, deceased in 2019, was for many years Maître de Conférences in the Department of English, Université de Tours, and associated with the Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (Université de Tours/CNRS). His teaching and research interests centred on the English theatre of the early seventeenth century.
|Éditeur(s)||Presses Universitaires François-Rabelais|
|Auteur(s)||Richard Hillman, Michel Bitot|
|Nb. de pages||112|
|Format||14 x 20|
|Intérieur||Noir et Blanc|
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