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Empsaël Et Zoraïde

By Bernardin de Saint-Pierre Edited by Roger Little

Empsaël Et Zoraïde
Paperback, 188 pages £20.00
Published: 1995
ISBN: 9780859894647
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Subjects: European Literature, European Studies
Series: Exeter French Texts

Bernardin de Saint-Pierre is for most people the author of one book: Paul et Virginie. This new edition of his play Empsaël et Zoraïde, 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.

Frontispice: Afrique de l'ouest, 1719


Historique du texte

Qualites litteraires

Une religion de la nature


Questions d'histoire et de geographie

Ambassade des peres de la Merci

Note technique

Bibliographie selective

Portrait de Moulay Ismael, 1682

Empsael et Zoraide: Fac-simile d'une page manuscrite (MS 46)

Avant-propos de Bernardin de Saint-Pierre


Acte I

Acte II

Acte III

Acte IV

Acte V

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

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 188 pages

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 University of Exeter Press


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