POSTPONED: Molière’s Continuing Inspiration
Maybe you know Molière. If not … well, Kansas City’s French roots lend a connection to the great French playwright, who may rank second only to Shakespeare in the theatrical universe. So profound was his influence that the French language is often referred to as “the language of Molière.”
As part of a citywide celebration of Kansas City’s French heritage and Molière’s approaching 400th birthday – on January 15 – Virginie Roche-Tiengo of Université Paris-Sorbonne Nord discusses From Louis XIV’s France to the Anglophone World Today: Molière’s Continuing Inspiration. She examines his works and lasting reputation as a dramatist and satirist.
Born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in 1622, Molière was a master of social comedy whose writing remains relatable to English-speaking readers and theatre audiences.
Roche-Tiengo is the assistant dean for international and institutional relations at Université Paris-Sorbonne Nord, where she teaches legal English.