L'Esprit de Contradiction

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L'Esprit de Contradiction ("The Spirit of Contradiction") is a French prose comedy in one act by Charles Rivière Dufresny (1648 - 1724)[1].

The original text

Performed on 27 August 1700 by Les Comédiens Français and the text was printed by Barbin in the same year.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Dutch as De Dwarsdryfster ("The contrary woman"), and styled a "kluchtig blyspel" (a "farcical comedy"), by Pieter Anthony de Huybert van Kruiningen (1693-1780)[2]. Published on 1 January 1718 by J. Lescailje en Dirk Rank in Amsterdam.

Performance history in South Africa

1838: Performed in Dutch as De Dwarsdryfster by some players from the amateur company Vlyt en Kunst on 3 October in Cape Town , with Het Veemgerigt, of Wreedheid en Grootmoedigheid (Ziegler).



Facsimile version of the 1718 Dutch text, Google eBook[3]




F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [4]: pp. 341.

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