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dc.contributor.authorPrest, Julia Tamsin
dc.identifier.citationPrest , J T 2013 , ' Where are the vrais dévots and are they véritables gens de bien ? Eloquent slippage in the Tartuffe controversy ' , Neophilologus , vol. 97 , no. 2 , pp. 283-297 .
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dc.description.abstractThe famous controversy provoked by Molière’s Tartuffe (1664–1669) is usually read in terms of vrais and faux dévots and thought to turn on the question of sincerity versus hypocrisy. Here the vrai-faux dichotomy is challenged and a third term introduced in the form of the véritable homme de bien of Molière’s Preface to the published edition of the play. In the slippage between a vrai dévot and a véritable homme de bien (considered by most critics to be synonymous), I argue, lies a value-judgment and the suggestion of an alternative, more secular worldview that persisted even in the 1669 version of the play. The scandal of Tartuffe thus lies less with the threat of religious hypocrisy and more with the possibility that true morality could be found outside the Church.
dc.rightsCopyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012. The final publication is available at Springer via
dc.subjectVrai dévoten
dc.subjectFaux dévoten
dc.subjectVéritable homme de bienen
dc.subjectPB Modern European Languagesen
dc.titleWhere are the vrais dévots and are they véritables gens de bien? Eloquent slippage in the Tartuffe controversyen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Frenchen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Modern Languagesen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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