Grand-Guignol: The French Theatre of Horror

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Overview

The Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Paris (1897-1962) achieved a legendary reputation as the 'Theatre of Horror,' a venue displaying such explicit violence and blood-curdling terror that a resident doctor was employed to treat the numerous spectators who fainted each night. Indeed, the phrase 'grand guignol' has entered the language to describe any display of sensational horror.

 

Since the theatre closed its doors forty years ago, the genre has been overlooked by critics and theatre historians. This book reconsiders the importance and influence of the Grand-Guignol within its social, cultural and historical contexts, and is the first attempt at a major evaluation of the genre as performance. It gives full consideration to practical applications and to the challenges presented to the actor and director.

 

The book also includes oustanding new translations by the authors of ten Grand-Guignol plays, none of which have been previously available in English. The presentation of these plays in English for the first time is an implicit demand for a total reappraisal of the grand-guignol genre, not least for the unexpected inclusion of two very funny comedies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859896962
  • Publisher: University of Exeter Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Series: UEP - Exeter Performance Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Wilson is Professor of Drama at the University of Glamorgan. He is author of Performance and Practice: Oral Narrative Traditions among Teenagers in Britain and Ireland (Ashgate, 1997). Richard Hand is a Principal Lecturer in Drama at the University of Glamorgan. He is also assistant editor and translator of Naturalism and Symbolism in European Theatre, 1850 - 1918(CUP, 1996).
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Table of Contents

JACK! (LUI!)
by Oscar Méténier

THE ULTIMATE TORTURE (LA DERNIÈRE TORTURE)
by André de Lorde and EugÈne Morel

THE LIGHTHOUSEKEEPERS (GARDIENS DE PHARE)
by Paul Autier and Paul Colquemin

CHOP-CHOP! (LA VEUVE)
by EugÈne Héros and Léon Abric

TICS! OR DOING THE DEED (APRÈS COUP OU TICS)
by René Berton

IN THE DARKROOM (SOUS LA LUMIÈRE ROUGE)
by Maurice Level and Etienne Rey

THE FINAL KISS (LE BAISER DANS LA NUIT)
by Maurice Level

THE TORTURE GARDEN (LE JARDIN DES SUPPLICES)
by Pierre Chaine and André de Lorde

EUTHANASIA (L’EUTHANASIE)
by René Berton

THE KISS OF BLOOD (LE BAISER DE SANG)
by Jean Aragny and Francis Nelson

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    Good Historical Overview

    Could use more detail and perhaps should have included more plays that are mentioned in the text. Ultimately, this volume may just piques one's interest - it left me wanting to find out even more.

    Based on what I've read about Mel Gordon's book, "The Grand Guignol: Theatre of Fear and Terror," this book may be needed as well if one wants to have a complete history.

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