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Tartufferie

Sheryl Kroen

in Politics and Theater

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520222144
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924383 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520222144.003.0007
Tartufferie

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This chapter is a culmination of the previous chapter on anticlericalism. It explains that many of the practices which occupy attention in the general discussion of popular anticlericalism proliferated in the context of Tartuffe incidents since Molière's comedy was particularly suited to the task of criticizing the religious agenda of the missionaries. It opens with an analysis of the Tartuffe incident in 1825 in Rouen, where, like the characters in Molière's comedy, the protestors used the theater to reveal and reverse the pernicious power of the clerics in their town, in the name of the proper, legitimate authority of the secular authorities.

Keywords: anticlericalism; Tartuffe; Molière's comedy; religious agenda; missionaries; Rouen; theater; clerics; secular authorities

Chapter.  23623 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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