Empsael et Zoraide (Exeter French Texts)

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Bernardin de Saint-Pierre is for most people the author of one book: Paul et Virginie. This new edition of his play Empsael et Zoraide, presented in a modernised spelling, makes available a considerably more muscular text which illustrates his abolitionist stance through its central irony: the masters are black and their slaves white, joining forces in the antislavery debate which reached its height with the French Revolution. Bernardin thus introduces into it a rare element of humour which, had his play ever been performed, would have made his audiences sit up and think. This will be of interest to scholars and senior students interested in Black Studies, the French Enlightenment and the literature of revolution.

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The "Exeter French Texts" series is sponsored by the Department of French, University of Exeter. These editions are works of the past which are important because of their literary and historic value, but which have not been readily accessible to scholars. Each text is accompanied by an introduction, select bibliography and essential notes, all in French. Bernardin de Saint-Pierre is for most people the author of one book, "Paul et Virginie". This edition of his play, "Empsael et Zoraide", presented in a modernized spelling, makes available an improved text which illustrates his abolitionist stance through its central irony - the masters are black and their slaves are white - during the antislavery debate which reached its height with the French revolution. Bernardin thus introduces into it a rare element of humour which, had his play ever been performed, would have made his audiences sit up and think. This book should be of interest to scholars and senior students interested in black studies, the French Enlightenment and the literature of revolution.

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Roger Little is Professor of French at the University of Dublin.

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