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Approaches to Teaching Molière's Tartuffe and Other Plays

Editor(s): James F. Gaines, Michael S. Koppisch

Pages: xi & 166 pp.
Published: 1995
ISBN: 9780873527316 (cloth)
ISBN: 9780873527323 (paperback)

"Approaches to Teaching Molière's Tartuffe and Other Plays includes highly useful...background and pedagogical strategies for teaching Molière's plays. The editors...provide a bibliography useful to both French-reading and English-reading publics."
John D. Lyons, author of Exemplum: The Rhetoric of Example in Early Modern France and Italy

The plays of Molière are immensely popular with both teachers and students, perhaps because, as the editors of this collection of essays observe, they are "immediately accessible despite their being firmly rooted in the French seventeenth-century tradition." Noted Molière scholars suggest ways to present the plays, focusing on Tartuffe--"an easy play to teach, for beginning students and advanced graduate students alike find it engaging"-- and also discussing his other dramatic works.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Molière's Tartuffe and Other Plays

James F. Gaines and Michael S. Koppisch

Editions of the Plays in French
Complete and Collective Editions
Individual Editions
Editions of the Plays in English
Collective Editions
Individual Editions
Required and Recommended Readings
The Teacher's Library
Reference Works
Background Studies
Critical and Scholarly Approaches
Aids to Teaching: Video and Media Resources


Teaching Tartuffe

Tartuffe Goes to School: The Formation of Academic Discourse in Nineteenth-Century France
Ralph Albanese, Jr.

Authority, Language, and Censorship
Ronald W. Tobin

"I Leave This House?" Space and Language in Tartuffe
Sylvie Romanowski

Love in Tartuffe, Tartuffe in Love
Jules Brody

Laughter and Difference in Tartuffe
Andrew J. McKenna

Teaching Other Plays by Molière

Molière's Precious Women in Context
Faith E. Beasley

"Yes, but What Does It Mean?": Dom Juan and Rhetorical Perspective
Bruce Edmunds

Pedagogy, Power, and Pluralism in Molière
Larry Riggs

Oh, Those Black Bile Blues: Teaching Le misanthrope
Louise K. Horowitz

Restructuring a Comic Hero of Molière: Le médecin malgré lui
Joseph I. Donohoe, Jr.

Le bourgeois gentilhomme in Intermediate and Advanced Language and Literature Classes
Clara Krug

Visions of Nobility and Gallantry: Understanding the Jourdains Historically
Orest Ranum

Theatrical Approaches

Teaching Fête: Le malade imaginaire
Claude Abraham

Authentic Costuming for Tartuffe and Le misanthrope
Stephen V. Dock

Performing Molière: Le misanthrope--Tragedy or Comedy?
Sara E. Melzer

From Classroom to Stage and Back: Using Molière in Performance
James F. Gaines

Works Cited


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