Louise-Genevieve Gillot de Sainctonge: Dramatizing Dido, Circe, and Griselda

The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe - The Toronto Series, Vol. 5

Louise-Geneviève Gillot de Sainctonge: Dramatizing Dido, Circe, and Griselda

Translated by Janet Levarie Smarr
2010 | 288 pp. | 978-0-7727-2069-6 | Paperback 6 x 9 in
$31.95 |

OVEME v5
Edited and Translated by Janet Levarie Smarr

One of the most acclaimed French poets from the turn of the eighteenth century and one of the rare women of the time to achieve recognition at court, Louise-Geneviève Gillot de Sainctonge was France’s first female librettist. The current volume provides not only the most in-depth biography of her ever published, but also the first appearance of any of her work in English. It features her two tragic opera libretti, both of which were set to music and staged at the Opéra, a spoken play that constitutes an important precursor of tearful comedy, and a small sampling of her poetry. The three dramatic works give thoughtful portrayals of women of high rank who exemplify traits such as fidelity, integrity and forthrightness, only to find themselves powerless in a misogynist society, where the male heroes turn out to be inglorious.
—Perry Gethner
Norris Professor of French, Oklahoma State University