Games and Stakes in Crommelynck’s The Magnificent Cuckoo Cover Image

Jeux et enjeux dans Le Cocu magnifique de Crommelynck
Games and Stakes in Crommelynck’s The Magnificent Cuckoo

Author(s): Françoise Bombard
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Studies of Literature, French Literature, Theory of Literature, Drama
Published by: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II
Keywords: Fernand Crommelynck; dramaturgy; language; lyricism; tragic; grotesque

Summary/Abstract: Without any reason or clue, the main character, Bruno, is convinced that he is cuckolded to the point where he actually wants it to be true, to remove any doubts. This delusion results in words and deeds which come to involve his reason and his relationship to others. But in Le Cocu magnifique, the status of the game is multivocal. It is present in diegesis, but it also related to dramaturgy. We will see how Crommelynck plays with mimesis, with regard to the very notion of the character, through games of masks and double-dealing. Moreover, at the aesthetic level, language games meet with the research into modern poetry. Intertextual games with poetic and theatrical references subvert them through pastiche, and the playwright, playing with registers, upsets aesthetic categories.

  • Issue Year: 2023
  • Issue No: 13
  • Page Range: 107-119
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: French