Les Costeaux, ou les marquis frians, by Jean Donneau de Visé

Edited by Peter William Shoemaker

Critical Texts 31

Modern Humanities Research Association

1 June 2013  •  92pp

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A critical edition of the 1665 one-act gastronomical play Les Costeaux, ou les marquis frians. Les Costeaux has often been attributed to Claude Deschamps Villiers, a minor playwright associated with the Troupe royale of the Hôtel de Bourgogne in Paris. There are good reasons to doubt this attribution, however, and Jean Donneau de Visé is a much more plausible candidate.

The plot of Les Costeaux revolves around the thinnest of pretexts. Having invited the young Lucille and her mother to dine with him in private, Thersandre has a dilemma: what to do about the parasitic noblemen who regularly visit his table in order to obtain a free meal. Instead of immediately dispatching the freeloaders, Thersandre's maître d'hôtel decides to teach them a lesson by forcing them to wait until the dinner hour has passed before sending them on their way. The bulk of the play thus consists of a group of hungry seventeenth-century nobles discussing the art of fine dining while waiting for a dinner that never arrives. There no solid evidence that the play was ever produced, and it may well have been written to read on the page, rather than performed on the stage. While quite amusing and well-written, the text is primarily interesting as a document that sheds light on seventeenth-century manners, specifically the culinary habits of the upper echelons of polite society.

Reviews:

  • ‘Complemented with a plethora of detailed endnotes providing much detail about areas such as culinary practice (from wild-duck recipes to the oenophilic topography of France), this edition has much to offer scholars of, and all those interested in, the early modern period.’ — Paul Scott, French Studies 69, 2015, 527

Contents:

i-iv
Front Matter
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v-v
Table of Contents
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vi-vi
Acknowledgements
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vii-viii
Abbreviations
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1-26
Introduction
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27-30
Establishment of the Text and Editorial Practice
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31-62
Les Costeaux Ou Les Marquis Frians. Comedie.
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63-63
Emendations To the Text
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64-68
NOTES TO THE TEXT
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69-78
Appendix Documents Related To the Ordre Des Coteaux
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79-82
Bibliography
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83-84
Back Matter
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Bibliography entry:

Shoemaker, Peter William (ed.), Les Costeaux, ou les marquis frians, by Jean Donneau de Visé, Critical Texts, 31 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2013)

First footnote reference: 35 Les Costeaux, ou les marquis frians, by Jean Donneau de Visé, ed. by Peter William Shoemaker, Critical Texts, 31 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2013), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Shoemaker, p. 47.

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Shoemaker, Peter William (ed.). 2013. Les Costeaux, ou les marquis frians, by Jean Donneau de Visé, Critical Texts, 31 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Shoemaker 2013: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Shoemaker 2013: 21.

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