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University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2006

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The Liar As A Comic Figure In Plays By Ruiz De Alarcon, Corneille And Moliere, Robert Matthew Patrick Dec 2006

The Liar As A Comic Figure In Plays By Ruiz De Alarcon, Corneille And Moliere, Robert Matthew Patrick

Doctoral Dissertations

This study on the liar as a comic figure centers on protagonists in five seventeenth-century comic plays: La verdad sospechosa (Ruiz de Alarcon), Melite, Le Menteur (Corneille), Tartuffe and Dom Juan (Moliere). It applies a model combining the concepts of "ironic comedy" (Frye), "the world as stage," metatheater, and theories of laughter. Through this model, supplemented by a comparative-literature approach and additional research, the study attempts to demonstrate that in the plays examined an alazon (impostor) is always punished for his contempt for an ideal of truth that is conceived mainly in secular terms, as well as that in the ...