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La théâtralité dans Les Nouvelles françaises de Louis d’Ussieux (1775-1783)

Abstract : Louis d’Ussieux wrote two collections of short stories in the late eighteenth century. In the choice of his titles and in an advertisement, he was inspired by the models of Segrais and Bocaccio, but makes particular mention of the influence of Baculard d’Arnaud. By considering, for example, four short stories drawn from his collection Nouvelles françaises (French short Stories), at least two of which were virtually plagiarized, we will show how the influence of the theatre caused the genre of the short story told as an “anecdote” to evolve: the arrangement of the dialogues, the choice of scenes that have become more important than the narrative passages, the interest in eloquence and the pathetic excesses all call for the reader to assist at a genuine spectacle in conformity with the aesthetic of the drama. This project is confirmed by the illustration that determines the reading through the choice of spectacular episodes of a nature to interest “sensitive souls”.
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Françoise Gevrey. La théâtralité dans Les Nouvelles françaises de Louis d’Ussieux (1775-1783). Tangence, Département des lettres et humanités de l'Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), 2011, Le théâtre de la nouvelle : de la Renaissance aux Lumières, 96, pp.85-98. ⟨10.7202/1008853ar⟩. ⟨hal-02897814⟩



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