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The limits of performance in the French romantic theatre

Author: Susan McCready
Publisher: Durham : Durham University, ©2007.
Series: Durham modern languages series., FM ;, 29.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume analyzes major French plays of the 1830s, focusing on their theatricality, and on the ways in which they expose the workings of the theater rather than conceal them. Through an examination of performance within these plays, the study posits that the stage is a privileged site of demonstration, a literal "proving ground" that lends a physical reality to abstract values announced in the text and shared or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan McCready
ISBN: 9780907310594 0907310591
OCLC Number: 123112887
Description: 145 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Durham modern languages series., FM ;, 29.
Responsibility: by Susan McCready.

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This volume analyzes major French plays of the 1830s, focusing on their theatricality, and on the ways in which they expose the workings of the theater rather than conceal them. Through an examination of performance within these plays, the study posits that the stage is a privileged site of demonstration, a literal "proving ground" that lends a physical reality to abstract values announced in the text and shared or questioned by the audience. Negotiating between the literary study of drama and performance theory, this work breaks new ground in nineteenth-century theater scholarship while proposing a fresh direction in the study of text and performance. The Limits of Performance challenges conventional wisdom, offering a novel take on the mal du siècle, that thematic hardy perennial of French Romanticism and the nineteenth century in general, combined with eminently readable and, therefore, compelling analysis of plays - a thought-provoking addition to work in the field (Glyn Hambrook, Modern and Contemporary France, November 2008).

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