March 24, 2015

Maria Bobroff Presents Paper in L.A.

Maria Park Bobroff, associate professor of French, presented her paper “Dominique’s Parodies, or, Making an Enemy of Voltaire” at the annual meeting of the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies in Los Angeles on March 20.

In the paper she argues that Dominique’s parodies moved beyond mere stabs at an indignant playwright. Rather, they were astute and public critiques of Voltaire’s weaknesses as a tragedian. In studying these parodies and their reception, we can better understand the role of theater in 18th-century France.