Dramatizing Dido, Circe, and Griselda

Dramatizing Dido, Circe, and Griselda

Distributed for Iter Press

288 pages
Paper $31.95 ISBN: 9780772720696 Published May 2010
One of the most acclaimed French poets from the turn of the eighteenth century and one of the rare women of the time to achieve recognition at court, Louise-Geneviève Gillot de Sainctonge was France’s first female librettist. The current volume provides not only the most in-depth biography of her ever published, but also the first appearance of any of her work in English. It features her two tragic opera libretti, both of which were set to music and staged at the Opéra, a spoken play that constitutes an important precursor of tearful comedy, and a small sampling of her poetry. The three dramatic works give thoughtful portrayals of women of high rank who exemplify traits such as fidelity, integrity and forthrightness, only to find themselves powerless in a misogynist society, where the male heroes turn out to be inglorious.
—Perry Gethner
Norris Professor of French, Oklahoma State University
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