Les Précieuses ridicules by Molière

By Molière

Magdelon et Cathos, deux provinciales éprises de passions nobles et de bons mots, cherchent à Paris le grand amour et les échanges élevés découverts dans les livres. Mais quand Gorgibus, père de Magdelon et oncle de Cathos, organise une rencontre avec deux prétendants choisis pour elles, les deux jeunes femmes les ridiculisent de telle façon qu’ils échafaudent une vengeance commune.Cette comédie en un acte et en prose, l. a. première de Molière, épingle avec férocité les ridicules de los angeles préciosité, de l’arrivisme et de l’affectation bourgeoise.

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Among luminaries who belong in these groups are Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (Argentina), Rómulo Gallegos (Venezuela), Pablo Neruda (Chile), Miguel Ángel Asturias (Guatemala), João Guimarães Rosa (Brazil), João Cabral de Melo Neto (Brazil), Rosario Castellanos (Mexico), and Octavio Paz (Mexico). Thus, major writers have a prominent cultural status, and the most prominent among them, such as Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina), Pablo Neruda, and Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia), are thought of as cultural icons, writers whose lives and work embody something of the spirit of the nation.

Indd 15 11/4/10 7:28 AM 16 • INTRODUCTION seemed to give an international readership a vision of the uniqueness of its histories, mythologies, and quintessential identity. At the same time, they incorporated the influences of Anglo-American modernism and the French new novel fully into their work and furthered the renovation of fiction in Latin America that the previous generation had initiated. Long after the euphoria of their first triumphs declined, the boom writers have continued to publish successfully during a phase often referred to as the post-boom.

Among the earliest were the diary of Christopher Colombus’s first voyage, addressed to the Catholic Kings Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain in 1492, and Pero Vaz de Caminha’s description of the newly found territory of Brazil in a letter written to Manuel I of Portugal in 1500. A plethora of diaries, letters, memoirs, narratives, histories, and treatises followed, a body of documents belonging mainly to the 16th century, that would come to be known collectively as the chronicles of the conquest and colonization of America.

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