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Politics and TheaterThe Crisis of Legitimacy in Restoration France, 1815-1830$
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Sheryl Kroen

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520222144

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520222144.001.0001

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(p.229) Chapter six Tartufferie
Politics and Theater

Sheryl Kroen

University of California Press

This chapter is a culmination of the previous chapter on anticlericalism. It explains that many of the practices which occupy attention in the general discussion of popular anticlericalism proliferated in the context of Tartuffe incidents since Molière's comedy was particularly suited to the task of criticizing the religious agenda of the missionaries. It opens with an analysis of the Tartuffe incident in 1825 in Rouen, where, like the characters in Molière's comedy, the protestors used the theater to reveal and reverse the pernicious power of the clerics in their town, in the name of the proper, legitimate authority of the secular authorities.

Keywords:   anticlericalism, Tartuffe, Molière's comedy, religious agenda, missionaries, Rouen, theater, clerics, secular authorities

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