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James F. Gaines
Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond, LA 70401)

Moliere: Social Structures and Ideology

To prepare a critical study of the social structures and ideology in the theater of the seventeenth century French dramatist Moliere. Remaining work to be completed includes construction of a methodology based on identification of social indicators such as clothing, land, money, and tension between class rank and codes of behavior. Three main areas will be examined: 1) recent scholarship on class structure and social mobility in specific regions of France under the Ancien Regime; 2) source materials such as household ledgers and books on etiquette and domestic science containing indications or standards of living among various classes; 3) works by other playwrights of the classical Period whose ideologies will be compared to Moliere.

Project fields:
French Literature

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Total amounts:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1978 – 8/31/1978