Location

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

Subject Area

Theatre

Description

This poster examines apparent contradictions in Molière’s feminine ideal through two of his plays: Tartuffe and The Learned Ladies. Written at different points during his career but sharing many significant similarities, these plays reveal a struggle on Molière’s part to come to terms with the evolving role of women at the time. Molière’s perspective on women is analyzed through the two maids in these plays, Dorine and Martine, who present differing ideas in their dialogue and their role as servants. Using the themes, historical context, and arguments and counterarguments of each play, this poster addresses some of the ambiguity in Molière’s writing.

The paper upon which this poster was based received a George R. Caldwell Undergraduate Scholarly Paper Meritorious Achievement Award at the 2017 Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Denver, Colorado.

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May 5th, 3:00 PM May 5th, 4:30 PM

Maids: An Analysis of Molière’s Female Ideal in Tartuffe and The Learned Ladies

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

This poster examines apparent contradictions in Molière’s feminine ideal through two of his plays: Tartuffe and The Learned Ladies. Written at different points during his career but sharing many significant similarities, these plays reveal a struggle on Molière’s part to come to terms with the evolving role of women at the time. Molière’s perspective on women is analyzed through the two maids in these plays, Dorine and Martine, who present differing ideas in their dialogue and their role as servants. Using the themes, historical context, and arguments and counterarguments of each play, this poster addresses some of the ambiguity in Molière’s writing.

The paper upon which this poster was based received a George R. Caldwell Undergraduate Scholarly Paper Meritorious Achievement Award at the 2017 Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Denver, Colorado.