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“Franglais Fops” and mocking the French in English Restoration Theatre

Citation: Glynn, Dominic (2017) “Franglais Fops” and mocking the French in English Restoration Theatre. ANQ: A Quartely Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews, 18 (1). pp. 18-21.


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In the latter half of the seventeenth century, France was the dominant cultural force and England lay under its influence in terms of art and fashion. However, Restoration comedy found a means of turning the power structure on its head by overtly mocking those subjugated by all things French. The stock character commonly known as the “Frenchified fop”, but which I prefer to label a “Franglais fop” for reasons that shall become apparent, is one of Restoration comedy’s greatest comic inventions. In this essay, I wish to examine one case study of this type of fop: Monsieur de Paris in William Wycherley’s The Gentleman Dancing-Master (1671). De Paris, like his more famous counterpart Sir Fopling Flutter in Etherege’s Man of Mode (1676), is English by birth but enamoured with French culture following a brief sojourn in France. Analysis of de Paris’s case will reveal how the Franglais fop provides the means to critique both gallants and to mock the French.

Creators: Glynn, Dominic ( and
Subjects: Culture, Language & Literature
Keywords: French, Theatre, Translation, Adaptation
Divisions: Institute of Modern Languages Research
  • 9 November 2017 (accepted)
  • 9 November 2017 (published)


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