Raisonneur


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Raisonneur

 

(obsolete), a stage role in which an actor played the role of a rationalist who tended toward rhetorical pronouncements and edifying maxims. The raisonneur generally expressed the author’s own views on the play’s events and gave moral appraisals of the characters’ actions. The role was encountered most frequently in European plays of the 17th and 18th centuries; examples are Cléante in Molière’s Tartuffe and Starodum in Fonvizin’s The Minor.

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But the philosophy of distance espoused by these raisonneur characters should not be confused with Pirandello's own outlook, for his perspective is, as we have said, double.
Tigranes is motivated by an understandable self-interest, but Mardonius's disapproval, motivated as he claims by his devotion to Arbaces and supported by his role as raisonneur, appears comparatively objective, and thus more a more significant contextual evaluation of his character.
While Chatsky was ecstatically received by many of Griboedov's contemporaries (as a spokesman for the Decembrist cause), Pushkin challenged this interpretation of him as a positive raisonneur.
Frente al logocentrismo, esta obra potencia la polifonia y el dialogismo a traves del dialogo teatral, el monologo discursivo y la narracion dramatica, una variante que se ha concretado en su andadura de diferentes formas: el coro, el confidente, el raisonneur o el protagonista- testigo (215).
In contrast with his admiration for the age of Bossuet and Racine, Chateaubriand expresses contempt for the esprit raisonneur that characterizes the literature of his day.
Je ne savais pas alors que la logique ne sert nullement a inventer, qu'elle est au contraire une sorte de garantie ou d'assurance que le raisonneur prend contre la facilite du raisonnement.
Calinescu's novel used a raisonneur from the spiritual family of the Biblical prophets and eccentric thinkers to question the conventions of rationality and of totalitarian thought.
The novel's raisonneur, Andrei learns through battlefield experience that life does not conform to the narratives our reason contrives of it, whether those narratives are battle plans (narratives imposed on the future) or battle reports (narratives imposed on the past).
It is the Czech writer's brief coda to the formative experiences of his life, filtered though the narration of his raisonneur, Danny Smiricky.
I've heard that in Russia," said "Bill," the enlightened blacksmith who acted as a raisonneur in Wicksteed and Settingson's English, "the Bolsheviks have taken houses like that [i.
Forster's method of narration, his adopting the persona of an omniscient raisonneur, has, within obvious-enough limits, a counterelitist effect, calling into question the "superstructures of wealth and art.