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Sentimental Theater of the French Revolution : Performing Virtue

By: Feilla, Cecilia, Dr.
Contributor(s): Lowerre, Professor Kathryn | Milling, Dr. Jane.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Performance in the Long Eighteenth Century: Studies in Theatre, Music, Dance: Publisher: Farnham : Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 2013Description: 1 online resource (275 p.).ISBN: 9781409411642.Subject(s): Books and reading -- France -- History -- 18th century | France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Influence | Politics and literature -- France -- History -- 18th century | Theater -- France -- History -- 18th century | Theater -- Moral and ethical aspects -- FranceGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Sentimental Theater of the French Revolution : Performing VirtueDDC classification: 842/.509 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Contents -- List of Figures -- Preface -- List of Abbreviations -- Introduction -- 1 The Bestsellers of the French Revolution, or, Why Sentimentality Dominated the Revolutionary Stage: Four Case Studies (La Mère coupable, Le Déserteur, Fénelon, and Les Deux petits savoyards) -- 2 Revolutionary Tableaux: Diderot, David, and the Sentimental Frame of Politics -- 3 Sentimental Vows and the Affective Bonds of Social Contract: National and Private Theatricals in Collot d'Herbois's La Famille Patriote (1790) -- 4 Virtue's Proofs: Paméla on Stage and on Trial during the Terror
5 Virtuous Citizen, Suffering Father: Voltaire's Brutus and the Sentimentalization of Political Tragedy -- 6 Acting Revolution: Talma and the Sentimental Body -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary: 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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Cover -- Contents -- List of Figures -- Preface -- List of Abbreviations -- Introduction -- 1 The Bestsellers of the French Revolution, or, Why Sentimentality Dominated the Revolutionary Stage: Four Case Studies (La Mère coupable, Le Déserteur, Fénelon, and Les Deux petits savoyards) -- 2 Revolutionary Tableaux: Diderot, David, and the Sentimental Frame of Politics -- 3 Sentimental Vows and the Affective Bonds of Social Contract: National and Private Theatricals in Collot d'Herbois's La Famille Patriote (1790) -- 4 Virtue's Proofs: Paméla on Stage and on Trial during the Terror

5 Virtuous Citizen, Suffering Father: Voltaire's Brutus and the Sentimentalization of Political Tragedy -- 6 Acting Revolution: Talma and the Sentimental Body -- Bibliography -- Index

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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