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Tragedy walks the streets : the French Revolution in the making of modern drama /
Matthew S. Buckley.
imprint
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
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ix, 191 p. : ill.
ISBN
0801884349 (hard cover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
isbn
0801884349 (hard cover : alk. paper)
contents note
The theatre of the Revolution -- The drama of the Revolution -- The Revolution and British theatrical politics -- The fall of Robespierre (1794) and the tragic imagination -- Reviving the revolution: Dantons Tod).
catalogue key
6033646
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-04-01:
Drawing on a wide range of literary, historical, and cultural studies, Buckley (English, Rutgers Univ.) argues that politics and drama were so intertwined during the French Revolution that the revolution "should be recognized not as a background to the history of the drama but as a primary event within that history." The author devotes chapters to the theatricality of political performance in prerevolutionary and early revolutionary Paris; the revolution's appropriation and transformation of dramatic form; the revolution's effects on British drama and politics (with particular reference to Edmund Burke and Richard Sheridan); the impact on the British imagination (especially Coleridge's) of British press coverage of Robespierre's fall; and the transformation of modern drama by Georg Buchner's Dantons Tod. Those accustomed to news coverage that is more or less instantaneous will benefit in particular from Buckley's discussion of the effect of the time lapse involved in getting news from France to England and of the way newspapers were laid out. The book is both interdisciplinary and highly readable. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. B. E. Brandt South Dakota State University
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"Although it weaves together a wide range of recent scholarship in English and French drama, in political, social, and cultural history, in historiography, art history, and urban history, it makes a unique and extremely important contribution of its own in tracing an evolutionary past to the modern dramatic consciousness through the revolutionary period." -- Marvin Carlson, City University of New York, author of Theories of the Theatre and The Haunted Stage
Compelling account of the birth of modern drama and its relationship with the French Revolution... Redraws the boundaries of scholarly insight and represents a valuable contribution to the field of Eighteenth-Century Studies.
"Compelling account of the birth of modern drama and its relationship with the French Revolution... Redraws the boundaries of scholarly insight and represents a valuable contribution to the field of Eighteenth-Century Studies." -- Radosveta Getova, Modern Language Review
Disciplined and concise with its scope and material, and in this way, it serves as a model for interdisciplinary rigor.
"Disciplined and concise with its scope and material, and in this way, it serves as a model for interdisciplinary rigor." -- Wendy C. Nielsen, Modern Philology
Although it weaves together a wide range of recent scholarship in English and French drama, in political, social, and cultural history, in historiography, art history, and urban history, it makes a unique and extremely important contribution of its own in tracing an evolutionary past to the modern dramatic consciousness through the revolutionary period.
The book is both interdisciplinary and highly readable.
"The book is both interdisciplinary and highly readable." -- Choice
Those working on British Romanticism are often monolingual and indeed monocultural and so it is refreshing to see a monograph engaging with France, Britain and Germany in its re-evaluation of the development of modern drama.
A thought-provoking and intellectually ambitious study.
"A thought-provoking and intellectually ambitious study." -- Mark Darlow, Journal of European Studies
"Those working on British Romanticism are often monolingual and indeed monocultural and so it is refreshing to see a monograph engaging with France, Britain and Germany in its re-evaluation of the development of modern drama." -- Katherine Astbury, French History
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In this interdisciplinary history on the emergence of modern drama in European culture, Matthew S. Buckley contends that the political theatricality of the Revolution tested and forced the evolution of dramatic forms, supplanting the theatre itself as the primary stage of formal development.
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Tragedy Walks the Streets challenges the conventional understanding that the evolution of European drama effectively came to a halt during France's Revolutionary era. In this interdisciplinary history on the emergence of modern drama in European culture, Matthew S. Buckley contends that the political theatricality of the Revolution tested and forced the evolution of dramatic forms, supplanting the theater itself as the primary stage of formal development. Drawing on a wide range of texts and images, he demonstrates how the social and political enlistment of dramatic theatricality inflected rising social and political tensions in pre-Revolutionary France, shaped French Revolutionary political culture, conditioned British political and cultural responses to the Revolution, and served as the impetus for B chner's radical formal innovations of the 1830s. Setting aside traditional boundaries of literary scholarship, Buckley pursues instead a history of dramatic form that encompasses the full range of dramatic activity in the changing cultural life of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, including art, architecture, journalism, political performance, and social behavior. Surveying this expanded field of inquiry, Buckley weaves together a coherent formal genealogy of the drama during this period and offers a new, more continuous generic history of modern drama in its first and most turbulent phase of development.
Table of Contents
The theater of the revolutionp. 11
The drama of the revolutionp. 34
The revolution and British theatrical politicsp. 69
The Fall of Robespierre and the tragic imaginationp. 96
Reviving the revolution : Dantons Todp. 120
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