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The triumph of pleasure : Louis XIV & the politics of spectacle

Author: Georgia Cowart
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Prominent components of Louis XIV's propaganda, the arts of spectacle also became sources of a potent resistance to the monarchy in late seventeenth-century France. With a particular focus on the court ballet, comedy-ballet, opera, and opera-ballet, Georgia Cowart tells the long-neglected story of how the festive arts deployed an intricate network of subversive satire to undermine the rhetoric of sovereign  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Musical theater
History
Named Person: Louis, King of France; Louis, King of France; Ludwig, Frankreich König; König XIV ) Ludwig (Frankreich; Louis, King of France
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Georgia Cowart
ISBN: 9780226116389 0226116387 9780226211558 022621155X
OCLC Number: 227000202
Description: xxiii, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Muses of pleasure : Louis XIV's early court ballet, 1651-1660 --
Muses of memory : Louis XIV's late court ballet, 1661-1669 --
Muses of satire : Le bourgeois gentilhomme & the utopia of spectacle --
Tragic interlude : reversals at the Paris Opéra, 1671-1697 --
Sappho, Cythera & the triumph of love : the ballet at the Paris Opéra, 1700-1713 --
Carnival, commedia dell'arte & the triumph of folly : the ballet at the Paris Opéra, 1699-1718 --
Watteau's Cythera, the opéra-ballet & the staging of pleasure.
Responsibility: Georgia J. Cowart.
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