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A field of honor : writers, court culture and public theater in French literary life from Racine to the Revolution

Author: Gregory S Brown; American Historical Society.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2005.
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Gregory S. Brown's A Field of Honor: Writers, Court Culture and Public Theater in French Literary Life from Racine t othe Revolution offers a multilevel study of the intellectual, social, and institutional contexts of dramatic authorship and the world of playwrights in 18th-century Paris. Brown deftly interweaves research in archival and printed materials, case studies of individual authorial strategies, the rich,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory S Brown; American Historical Society.
ISBN: 0231124600 9780231124607
OCLC Number: 61681843
Description: xvii, 512 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Gens de lettres, Literary institutions, and court culture in the age of the French enlightenment --
Public theater and dramatic authorship in old regime France, 1600-1757 --
Playwriting for the Comédie Française in the eighteenth century: réglements and the rules of the game --"Politesse perdue": the patriot playwright between court and public --
Intermission: Beaumarchais and the Société des auteurs dramatiques, 1777-1870 --
Droits d'auteur and approbation as cultural capital: literary property, censorship, and legitimacy at the Comédie Française, 1760-1780 --
Self-fashioning, civility, and the celebrity of Gens de lettres at the end of the enlightenment: Beaumarchais and Gouges, 1781-1789 --
From court to nation: "Liberty of theaters" and patriot playwrights, 1789-1790 --
Vestiges of Gens de lettres, legacies of the enlightenment.
Other Titles: Writers, court culture and public theater in French literary life from Racine to the Revolution
Responsibility: Gregory S. Brown.

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