The Deregulated Game of Burlesque: from The Comic Novel (1651) to Molloy (1951) Cover Image

Le jeu déréglé du burlesque : du Roman comique (1651) à Molloy (1951)
The Deregulated Game of Burlesque: from The Comic Novel (1651) to Molloy (1951)

Author(s): Joël Loehr
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Studies of Literature, Comparative Study of Literature, French Literature, Theory of Literature, Drama
Published by: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II
Keywords: Samuel Beckett; Paul Scarron; burlesque; playful intentionality; The Comic Novel; Molloy

Summary/Abstract: There is no fiction in narrative prose that testifies to a playful intentionality more manifest than a “comic story”: this article illustrates it by first analyzing the strategies of Scarron, master of the game, in the burlesque incipit of The Comic Novel. Spanning the three centuries that separate the publication of Scarron’s novel (1651) from that of Molloy (1951), not without underlining the impact that silent cinema has had on the means and effects of burlesque in a fiction in narrative prose, we then question Beckett’s strategies, more complex or more equivocal, not only because the author seems to hide his game, sheltered from a narrating voice, but also because fiction, understood as “shared playful pretense”, then opens up to the registral interference of pathos.

  • Issue Year: 2023
  • Issue No: 13
  • Page Range: 96-106
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: French