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French imports: English translations of Molière, 1663-1732

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This thesis explores the first English translations of Molière's works published between 1663 and 1732 by writers that include John Dryden, Edward Ravenscroft, Aphra Behn, and Henry Fielding. It challenges the idea that the translators straightforwardly plagiarized the French plays and instead argues that their work demonstrates engagement with the dramatic impact and satirical drive of the source texts. It asks how far the process of anglicization required careful examination of the plays...

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Medieval & Modern Lang Fac
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Type of award:
DPhil
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Doctoral
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University of Oxford

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