The Sentimental Theatre of the French Revolution

The Sentimental Theatre of the French Revolution

Performing Virtue

eBook - 2013
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Smoothly blending performance theory, literary analysis and historical insights, Cecilia Feilla explores the mutually dependent discourses of feeling and politics and their impact on the theatre and theatre audiences during the French Revolution. Providing close readings of texts by, among others, Denis Diderot, Collot d'Herbois and Voltaire, Feilla maps the ways in which continuities and innovations in the theatre from 1760 to 1800 set the stage for the Nineteenth-Century.

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Smoothly blending performance theory, literary analysis, and historical insights, Cecilia Feilla explores the mutually dependent discourses of feeling and politics and their impact on the theatre and theatre audiences during the French Revolution. Remarkably, the most frequently performed and popular plays from 1789 to 1799 were not the political action pieces that have been the subject of much literary and historical criticism, but rather sentimental dramas and comedies, many of which originated on the stages of the Old Regime. Feilla suggests that theatre provided an important bridge from affective communities of sentimentality to active political communities of the nation, arguing that the performance of virtue on stage served to foster the passage from private emotion to public virtue and allowed groups such as women, children, and the poor who were excluded from direct political participation to imagine a new and inclusive social and political structure. Providing close readings of texts by, among others, Denis Diderot, Collot d'Herbois, and Voltaire, Feilla maps the ways in which continuities and innovations in the theatre from 1760 to 1800 set the stage for the nineteenth century. Her book revitalizes and enriches our understanding of the significance of sentimental drama, showing that it was central to the way that drama both shaped and was shaped by political culture.

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By studying plays that were popular in their time but have been largely unread for 200 years, Feilla (English and world literature, Marymount Manhattan College) states she is not trying to fill lacunae in French literary history or suggest that these works have intrinsic, overlooked merit. Rather, her intent is to explore their sentimental themes and to examine their role in literary, critical, social, and political activities in France during 1789 and 1799. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2013
ISBN: 9781409411642
1409411648
9781472404312
1472404319
9781409411635
140941163X
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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