Silencing the Supernatural: La Devineresse and the Affair of the Poisons

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Thomas Corneille and Jean Donneau de Vise's comedy La Devineresse ou les faux enchantements occupies a paradoxical position within the wider story of the Affair of the Poisons, for it sought simultaneously to draw on the anxieties of the Parisian public and to reassure them. While the play demystifies the occult, its lessons cannot neatly be transferred to the real events that were its inspiration, and the question of the supernatural is left uncomfortably open.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-409
Number of pages13
JournalForum for Modern Language Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007


  • Corneille, Thomas
  • Donneau de Vise, Jean
  • supernatural
  • Devineresse, La
  • Affair of the Poisons
  • La Voisin
  • Louis XIV
  • Sevigne, Mme de
  • Mercure galant


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