Jean-Baptiste Poquelin: Dom Juan, ou le festin de Pierre [Don Juan] (3448 words)


The figure of Dom Juan and his rebellious exploits has attracted the interest of many writers across the centuries and much of this enduring fascination arises from his potential both to entertain and disturb. The Dom Juan character is viewed as “exuberant, promiscuous, amoral”, with “a youthful sexuality that knows no boundaries and will dare the abyss” (Mitchell, p. 259). Molière’s version of the story with the Dom Juan figure as crafty protagonist was presented for the first time at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal on February 15 1665 and immediately ran into opposition, arousing a storm of protest. The fact that by the second performance, on the 17 February, a number of controversial …

Citation: Wilton-Godberfforde, Emilia. "Dom Juan, ou le festin de Pierre". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 January 2017 [, accessed 06 June 2020.]

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