Work of the Fellows: Mongraphs

Michèle Longino, Orientalism in French Classical Drama

Longino, Michèle (Fellow, 1997-98)

Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2022

From the publisher's description:

Michèle Longino examines the ways in which Mediterranean exoticism inflects the themes represented in French classical drama through the exploration of such plays by Corneille, Molière, and Racine as Le Cid, Médée, and Le bourgeois gentilhomme among others. She considers the role that the staging of the near Orient played in influencing French colonial identity. Drawing on histories, travel journals, memoirs and correspondence, Longino depicts these dramatizations in the context of French-Ottoman relations at the time of their production.


Subjects: Literature; Theater; Performing Arts; Drama; Orientalism;