The Art of Theatre: Word, Image and Performance in France and Belgium, c. 1830-1910


The Art of Theatre: Word, Image and Performance in France and Belgium, c. 1830-1910 (Romanticism and after in France / Le Romantisme et après en France, Book 23) by Claire Moran
English | 2013 | ISBN: 3034308264 | 334 pages | PDF | 25 MB

This collection of essays explores the relationship between art, literature and the stage in France and Belgium in the period 1830-1910. It is the first book to bring together scholarship on this neglected area of study and provides unique insights into current research within this rich interdisciplinary field. The rise in popular theatre, the beginnings of a ‘society of spectacle’, the emergence of the print media and the development of stage direction and set design, along with the crisis in pictorial and literary representation, created a dynamic cultural climate wherein the interface between writing, painting and dramatic representation thrived. The chapters in this volume chart different facets of this phenomenon: from the art of performing assumed by writers and the collaborations between artists and theatre directors to the theatrical motifs that infiltrated visual art and the increasingly ‘dramatized’ relationship between painting and spectator at the end of the century.

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