The Nation's Image: French Grand Opera as Politics and Politicized Art / Edition 1

The Nation's Image: French Grand Opera as Politics and Politicized Art / Edition 1

by Jane Fulcher
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521529433

ISBN-13: 9780521529433

Pub. Date: 08/08/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

French grand opera, this book argues, was a different and more complex kind of theater than we ordinarily suppose. Focusing on the period of grand opera's rise, its dominance, and its final decline, Professor Fulcher shows that it was a subtly used tool of the state. Using the Opera's archives, she analyses the mechanism and goals of state intervention in the

Overview

French grand opera, this book argues, was a different and more complex kind of theater than we ordinarily suppose. Focusing on the period of grand opera's rise, its dominance, and its final decline, Professor Fulcher shows that it was a subtly used tool of the state. Using the Opera's archives, she analyses the mechanism and goals of state intervention in the theatre and how these underwent subtle change. As she demonstrates, the official framework helped to shape not only the nature of artistic development, but also politicized the theatrical experience itself. Although concerned with the audience's understanding of the operas, this book is not narrowly a 'reception history'. Rather, it is an attempt to see the part played by grand opera in a specific social and cultural context - how it arose within larger structures and in turn reacted back finally upon them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521529433
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/08/2002
Edition description:
FIRST/REPRINT
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. La Muette de Portici and the new politics of opera; 2. The politics of grand opera's rise and decline; 3. Radicalization, repression, and opera: Meyerbeer's Le Prophète; 4. Politicized attacks on grand opera and the genesis of alternative models; Conclusion; Notes; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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