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Voltaire's La Mort de César : a play entirely in the English taste?

Author: Helena Agarez Medeiros
Publisher: New York : Peter Lang, 2013.
Series: , 26.'">Collection "Comparatisme et société", 26.
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In the preface to La Mort de Cesar (1736), Voltaire claimed to have written a tragedy inspired by Julius Caesar that, while not resembling Shakespeare's play, was entirely in the English taste. Such a claim has so far gone virtually unnoticed in scholarly circles, despite its intriguing nature. Furthermore, La Mort de Cesar is commonly referred to as a cornerstone in the European reception of Shakespeare's drama  Read more...
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Agarez Medeiros, Helena.
Voltaire's La Mort de César
(DLC) 2013033453
(OCoLC)857234353
Named Person: Voltaire
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Helena Agarez Medeiros
ISBN: 9783035263572 3035263574 1306148006 9781306148009
OCLC Number: 865022822
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Table of contents; Introduction; CHAPTER 1: The origin of the construct "English taste"; 1.1. Main sources of information on English culture: 1685-1735; 1.2. Bold doctrines and cold morals; 1.3. The labyrinths of thought; 1.4. A quarrelsome and restless nation; 1.5. Anglicum est, non legitur?; 1.6. Shakespeare's shining monsters; 1.7. The North/South divide; CHAPTER 2: Taste and translation; 2.1. The notion of taste in early eighteenth-century France; 2.2. Translation as painting; 2.3. Taste in translation; 2.4. English tragedy in French translation: Addison's Cato. 2.5. Voltaire's elegant Hamlet2.6. Voltaire's barbarian Hamlet, or Shakespeare on trial; CHAPTER 3: Voltaire's La Mort de César; 3.1. La Mort de César in the light of French criticism; 3.2. Paving the way for Caesar; 3.3. A pirated edition of La Mort de César; 3.4. The authorised edition of La Mort de César; 3.5. The images of Caesar and Brutus in France; 3.6. A play in the English taste?; 3.7. La Mort de César and censorship; CHAPTER 4: Aaron Hill's The Roman Revenge; 4.1. Rich Britain borrows; 4.2. The images of Caesar and Brutus in England; 4.3. Giving unto Caesar what is Caesar's. 4.4. And Caesar had a soul without one stainFinal remarks; Works cited.
Series Title: Collection "Comparatisme et société", 26.
Responsibility: Helena Agarez Medeiros.
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In the preface to La Mort de Cesar (1736), Voltaire claimed to have written a tragedy inspired by Julius Caesar that, while not resembling Shakespeare's play, was entirely in the English taste. Such a claim has so far gone virtually unnoticed in scholarly circles, despite its intriguing nature. Furthermore, La Mort de Cesar is commonly referred to as a cornerstone in the European reception of Shakespeare's drama even though, according to Voltaire, his play was far removed from the barbaric, tasteless and therefore untranslatable Julius Caesar. If, for Voltaire, Shakespeare's dramatic taste(les.

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