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Revolutionary Acts: Theater, Democracy, and the French Revolution

by Susan Maslan Johns Hopkins University Press
Pub Date:
03/2015
ISBN:
9781421416946
Format:
Pbk 288 pages
Price:
AU$64.00 NZ$66.09
Product Status: Title is Print on Demand - May take 4 weeks
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InRevolutionary Acts Susan Maslan shows how theater played a pivotal role in Revolutionary France, positioning the theatrical stage as a battleground on which Parisian audiences, actors and playwrights, and political authorities fought to shape the newly emerging democracy. Examining the production, performance, and reception of Parisian plays between 1789 and 1794, Maslan sheds new light on two issues central to the political cultures of Paris and France: the nature of political representationspecifically the problematic relationship between direct democracy and representative democracyand the correlative problem of transparency and its relation to theatricality. While traditional scholarship emphasizes the influence of newspapers and books on the French Revolution, Maslan's erudite analysis reveals the rich and powerful impact of theater on France's fledgling democracy.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Resisting Representation
2. The Comic Revolution
3. Robespierre's Eye
4. The Home and the World
Notes
Bibliography
Index

"Ambitious, insightful, and engaging study."

Susan Maslan is an associate professor of French at the University of California, Berkeley.