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Popular Theatre and Political Utopia in France, 1870—1940

Active Citizens

Benefits

  • Represents the first study of popular theatre in France from left to right

  • Explores how theatre became central to the experience of political integration and subversion in the age of the masses

  • Illuminates the intersection between theatre and political acts

Book

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Jessica Wardhaugh
    Pages 1-22
  3. Jessica Wardhaugh
    Pages 313-320
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 321-357

About this book

Introduction

This book is the first study of popular theatre in France from left to right, exploring how theatre shapes political acts, ideals, and communities in the modern world. As the French found innovative ways of imagining culture and politics in the age of the masses, popular theatre became central to the republican project of using art to create citizens, using secular spaces for the experience of civic communion. But while state projects often faltered in finding playwrights, locations, and audiences, popular theatre flourished on the political and geographical peripheries. Drawing on extensive archival research, this book illuminates lost worlds of political conviviality, from anarchist communes and clandestine agit-prop drama to royalist street politics and right-wing mass spectacle. It reveals new connections between French initiatives and their European counterparts, and demonstrates the enduring strength of radical communities in shaping political ideals and engagement.

Keywords

History of French popular theatre Politics, theatre, and utopia State education Popular music Théâtre National Populaire Theatre in the provinces Breton plays Pierre Corneille Henri Ghéon Léon Chancerel Catholic popular theatre Anarchist theatre The Belle Époque Théâtre d’Art Social Théâtre Civique Romain Rolland Commemoration of the First World War Théâtre de la Révolution

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of WarwickCoventryUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Jessica Wardhaugh is Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, UK, where she researches and teaches on French politics and culture. Her first monograph with Palgrave (2009) was a study of street politics in 1930s France. She has also edited books on Paris and the Right, and politics and the individual.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Popular Theatre and Political Utopia in France, 1870—1940
  • Book Subtitle Active Citizens
  • Authors Jessica Wardhaugh
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-59855-4
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-59854-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-95589-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-59855-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 357
  • Number of Illustrations 10 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Theatre and Performance Studies
  • Buy this book on publisher's site

Reviews

“Popular Theatre and Political Utopia gives us both telling vignettes and a broad overview of theatre that sought collective transcendence during the Third Republic. By doing so, it sheds light on a vast realm of performances that is rarely mapped out in works this comprehensive or this richly researched.” (Cary Hollinshead-Strick, H-France Review, Vol. 18 (230), December, 2018)