Leanna Bridge Rezvani

Various Media

La Princesse de Clèves, Mise en scène Cécile Mangin et Benoit Schwartz:


*I would like to thank Jacob Ladyga for recommending this resource. He found that students were particularly interested in discussing “the increased intimacy of the dining table setting, its echoes of the merciless “regard” of the Court, and how it glossed over those rare moments when the Princess managed to escape it.”

France Culture, Madame de Lafayette (1634-1693):


France Culture: La Princesse de Clèves: Les conventions avant les émotions:


France Culture: L’amant, le mari et l’aveu:


France Culture, La Princesse de Clèves adaptée pour la première fois en bande-dessinée:


France Culture, Dénouement:


France Culture, Le sort s’en mêle:


France Culture, L’aveu:


France Culture, Le coup de foudre:


France Culture, La cour d’Henri II:


La Princesse de Clèves, Bac 2020:


La Princesse de Clèves, France Culture:


La Princesse de Clèves, Bac 2021:


La Princesse de Clèves racontée par des enfants (parce que c’est mignon!):



I have done cloze exercises with certain passages and then I have students listen to the recorded CD.  The CD can also be valuable if students are interested in doing independent pronunciation exercises.


The DVD of Nous, Princesses de Clèves, comes with a highly informative booklet with an interview with the producer.  I recommend using excerpts of the booklet for class discussions or response papers.  It is a very useful, rich resource.


These two works offer insights for approaching the Princesse de Clèves with students.

In October 2013, La Princesse de Clèves was presented at the Théâtre National Populaire.  Here is a link to a brief video with reflections on the work and this particular theatrical interpretation:


In January 2014, La Princesse de Clèves was presented at the Théâtre de la Bastille.  They prepared a “dossier pédagogique” for the play and it is a valuable resource for students that includes references to Sarkozy, the importance of this novel in 2014, etc.

Click to access 8-dp-bastille_la_princesse_de_cl_ves.pdf

This includes a reading of various key passages of the novel accompanied by music…I strongly recommend it.  To listen to this program on France Inter, click below:


I strongly recommend this France Inter program with a discussion by Camille Esmein-Sarrazin about the new edition and other aspects of La Princesse de Clèves:


Jean-Michel Delacomptée reads from his work, Passions, La Princesse de Clèves, in this France Culture program:


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