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Harris_JosephDr. Joseph Harris
French and Comparative Literature
University of London

Sociable misanthropy and misanthropic sociability in seventeenth-century France and England
Wann 04.11.2019
von 11:15 bis 12:30
Wo FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, Seminar room
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Sociable misanthropy and misanthropic sociability in seventeenth-century France and England


This paper explores the presentation of misanthropy in Molière’s comedy Le Misanthrope and an early English adaptation, Wycherley’s The Plain Dealer, exploring how misanthropic attitudes invariably spill out beyond the confines of any single character, and indeed spread through the onstage social world of both plays. Strains of misanthropy are to be found even in figures like Molière’s urbane socialite Philinte, who proves far harsher and more pessimistic still than Alceste when he portrays people as effectively no more than savage vultures or wolves. In The Plain Dealer, Wycherley’s gruff sea captain Manly quickly exposes a similar misanthropy cunningly hidden under the affable social veneer of those he encounters. As these works suggest, indeed, a misanthropic perspective tends to regard society as itself made up, in turn, of quasi-misanthropes, all motivated by mutual hatred and mistrust.