Denis Diderot, Le Père de Famille [The Family Father]

Louise Crowther (University of Manchester)
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Le Père de famille

[The Family Father] was written during 1757-58 and appeared in November 1758 along with its accompanying work

De la Poésie dramatique

[Of Dramatic Poetry]. The play appeared in the middle of a period of turmoil for Diderot: the once intimate friendship that Diderot had enjoyed with Rousseau had ruptured irreparably and publicly; not only did Rousseau take offense at Diderot’s less than subtle attack, in

Le Fils naturel

[The Natural Son], on those (Rousseau being a case in point) who abandon society and friendship for a life of seclusion, but they also differed in their views on theatre. Whereas Rousseau accused the theatre of corrupting morals, Diderot wanted the theatre to become a school for virtue whereby it would have “des missions [...] morales (puisqu’il…

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Citation: Crowther, Louise. "Le Père de Famille". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 June 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=4070, accessed 05 March 2024.]

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