Institute of Scientific Information for Social Sciences
of the Russian Academy of Sciences
The Journal of Literary History and Theory
Peer-reviewed Academic Journal


Nataliya T. Pakhsarian


The article examines the originality of Molière’s comedy tradition transformation in the plays of Marivaux. Being the great comedy reformer Molière created classic examples of the genre and had a huge impact on the world theater. At the same time, this does not mean that subsequent comedians are completely dependent on Molière’s manner. Marivaux, although he relies on Molière’s experience, uses Molière’s techniques of commedia dell’arte, however, is achieving a different artistic result, a different tone, and uses a different type of comic. This is especially clear when comparing two comedies belonging to the “school” genre – “School of Wives” by Molière and “School of Mothers” by Marivaux. Molière, incorporating elements of farce into the “high comedy”, enhances the laughter tone, in essence, the first to associate the comedy genre with laughter. The playwright of the 18th century, condensing various kinds of intrigues in the plot of a one-act comedy, driving an easily resolved ironic-playful love conflict, was finally able to create an original type of rococo love-psychological comedy.


Molière; Marivaux; comedy; intrigue; farce; tradition; novelty.

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Pachsarian, N.T. “Molière and Marivaux”. Literaturovedcheskii zhurnal, no. 2(56), 2022, pp. 30–38. DOI: 10.31249/litzhur/2022.56.02

DOI: DOI: 10.31249/litzhur/2022.56.02

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