Polsky, Zachary

About the author: Zachary Polsky received his PhD in French Literature from the University of California, Davis.

Comic Machine, the Narrative Machine, and the Political Machine in the Works of MoliÈre
2003 0-7734-6606-1
This study examines in depth the nature of comedy itself, as well as the way that comedy was practiced in 17th-century France, and applies these ideas to close readings of six seminal Molière plays (L’école des femmes; Tartuffe; Dom Juan; Le misanthrope; George Dandin; Le bourgeois gentilhomme). The result is a new understanding of the complexity inherent in the textual and political devices created and used by the playwright on the stage as well as in print, uncovering nuances and contexts which have remained hidden until now.