Le Siège de Calais by Pierre-Laurent De Belloy

Edited by Logan J. Connors

Phoenix 6

Modern Humanities Research Association

1 August 2014  •  244pp

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Le Siège de Calais, hailed by its author in 1765 as France’s ‘première tragédie nationale’, rolled into Paris like a storm. Pierre-Laurent de Belloy’s play about French bravery during the Hundred Years’ War (1337-1453) appeared on the heels of France’s defeat in the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763). Le Siège de Calais was performed throughout Europe and published numerous times during the second half of the eighteenth century. De Belloy emerged as a national hero, receiving prizes from Louis XV, accolades from the city of Calais, and membership to the prestigious Académie française. Since the French Revolution, however, the popularity of Le Siège de Calais has eclipsed, owing to its overt glorification of France’s royal machine. Several hundred years later, the play warrants a fresh look from a holistic perspective. De Belloy’s tragedy and the varied responses it provoked – many of which are included in this edition – offer complex representations of French political history and patriotic sentiment. Le Siège de Calais reveals conflicting images of gender roles, political debate and family values during the twilight of the Ancien régime; it also constituted one of the last moments when serious drama asserted its role as a popular force.

Logan J. Connors is Associate Professor of French at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Reviews:

  • ‘This scholarly edition will be of use in the undergraduate and graduate classroom as well as of interest to all those who are fascinated by French theatre and drama on the eve of the Revolution.’ — Jessica Munns, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research 28, 2013, 117-19

Contents:

i-iv
Front Matter
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v-vi
Table of Contents
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vii-vii
Acknowledgements
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viii-xiv
Editions of Le Siège De Calais
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1-60
Introduction
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62-62
Le Siège de Calais, tragédie de Pierre-Laurent de Belloy: Dédicace au roi
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63-70
Préface de l’auteur
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71-139
LE SIÈGE DE CALAIS, TRAGÉDIE
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140-155
Notes Historiques Sur Le Siège De Calais
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156-159
Appendices: Appendix I: Alternative Introductions to Le Siège de Calais
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160-169
Appendix II: Letters and poems concerning Le Siège de Calais
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170-185
Appendix III: The Critical Reception of Le Siège de Calais
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186-198
Appendix IV: De Belloy’s Election to the Académie française
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199-223
Appendix V: Parodies of Le Siège de Calais
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224-226
Selected Bibliography
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227-230
Back Matter
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Bibliography entry:

Connors, Logan J. (ed.), Le Siège de Calais by Pierre-Laurent De Belloy, Phoenix, 6 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2014)

First footnote reference: 35 Le Siège de Calais by Pierre-Laurent De Belloy, ed. by Logan J. Connors, Phoenix, 6 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2014), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Connors, p. 47.

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Connors, Logan J. (ed.). 2014. Le Siège de Calais by Pierre-Laurent De Belloy, Phoenix, 6 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Connors 2014: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Connors 2014: 21.

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