Alfred de Musset | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 14 pages of analysis & critique of Alfred de Musset.
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SOURCE: Hamilton, James F. “From Ricochets to Jeu in Musset's On ne badine pas avec l'amour: A Game Analysis.” French Review 58, no. 6 (May 1985): 820-26.

In the following essay, Hamilton examines the motif of game-playing and display of structural, thematic, and psychological tensions between spontaneity and calculation in Musset's On ne badine pas avec l'amour.

Des ricochets! Ma tête s'égare; voilà mes idées qui se bouleversent. Vous me faites un rapport insensé, Bridaine. Il est inoui qu'un docteur fasse des ricochets.

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Our understanding of Musset's masterpiece on love has progressed from the study of parallels between the couples Perdican-Camille and Musset-George Sand to the examination of conflicting bipolarities, psychological and temporal.2 To this approach must be added structural and ideological dimensions capable of elucidating the play's dramatic mechanism. Only then can motivation, time, and space be grasped as a dynamic whole. The generative principle of this...

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