Title page for ETD etd-05242011-185851

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Babin, Adam Michael
Author's Email Address ababi11@lsu.edu
URN etd-05242011-185851
Title Marriage in Seventeenth-Century French Theater
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department French Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jensen, Katharine Committee Chair
Peters, Rosemary Committee Member
Yeager, Jack Committee Member
  • Louis XIII
  • family
Date of Defense 2011-04-29
Availability unrestricted
In seventeenth-century France, social and political confusion abounded. Absolute monarchy, which was principally created by Richelieu and glorified by Louis XIV, began gradually replacing the medieval feudalism that remained popular among the nobles. Likewise, préciosité, a proto-feminist literary and cultural movement that was not in line with official political ideals, emerged in France during this century. The institution of marriage was an important element of the complicated sociopolitical tapestry of seventeenth-century France. Through the depiction of marriage in Pierre Corneille’s Le Cid (1636), Jean-Baptiste Poquelin de Molière’s L’École des femmes (1662), and Jean Racine’s Andromaque (1667), three works of the most prominent form of fiction in seventeenth-century France—theater, one can see how marriage was tightly bound to both politics and society.

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