14) While there is no explicit reference to his father, it is hard to imagine Dumas fils
likening literary works and paternity without at least a clin d'oeil to some of the famous (and infamous) literary collaborations involving his father, especially between Dumas pere and Auguste Maquet; see Whidden 6-7.
Many of the play's best lines (such as the wry comment by Dumas fils that his prodigal father "was a child I had when I was very young") are lifted almost verbatim from the memoirs of Dumas pere and other sources.
Dumas fils spends much of the play agonizing over his racial identity, a concept that would have been foreign to the real Dumas fils.
had in turn become a highly successful writer--La Dame aux camelias (1848) being his best-known work--and was a rather more conventional man than his father.
For what becomes clear as Armand's narrative unfolds is that, seeking to secure a place among his literary peers and forefathers, Dumas fils refashions, in a particularly striking and culturally resonant manner, the literary trope of passion fatale as poison and disease, injecting it with new--albeit tainted--blood, the blood of the contaminated and contagious courtesan.
1) Dumas fils draws on a number of intertextual models which he acknowledges early on in the novel 65-66.
Critics usually comment briefly on how Dumas fils uses consumption as a convenient way of disposing of his heroine.
This is indeed the therapeutic strategy Duval pere employs towards Marguerite, the agent of Armand's contamination, and towards Armand, and "contrainte morale" is also the textual strategy Dumas fils employs vis-a-vis his readers.
Five years later, Alexandre Dumas fils
wrestles with these same anxieties in new ways, in his fantasized vision of the fictional demi-monde, as defined in La Dame aux camelias.
The genre had its beginnings in the work of the French dramatists Alexandre Dumas fils
and Emile Augier, who adapted the then-popular formula of Eugene Scribe's "well-made" play to serious subjects, creating somewhat simplistic and didactic thesis plays on subjects such as prostitution, business ethics, illegitimacy, and female emancipation.
Playwright who, with Emile Augier and Alexandre Dumas fils
, dominated the French stage in the late 19th century and is still remembered as a craftsman of bourgeois drama of a type belittled by George Bernard Shaw as "Sardoodledom.
The polished techniques of the well-made play were also turned to serious purposes in the plays of Emile Augier and Alexandre Dumas fils
, which dealt with social conditions such as prostitution and the emancipation of women and are regarded as the precursors of the problem play.