Politics and Theater: The Crisis of Legitimacy in Restoration France, 1815-1830 / Edition 1

Politics and Theater: The Crisis of Legitimacy in Restoration France, 1815-1830 / Edition 1

by Sheryl Kroen
     
 


Moliére's anticlerical comedy Tartuffe is the unique prism through which Sheryl Kroen views postrevolutionary France in the years of the Restoration. Following the lead of the French men and women who turned to this play in the 1820s to make sense of their world, Kroen exposes the crisis of legitimacy defining the regime in these years and demonstratesSee more details below

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Moliére's anticlerical comedy Tartuffe is the unique prism through which Sheryl Kroen views postrevolutionary France in the years of the Restoration. Following the lead of the French men and women who turned to this play in the 1820s to make sense of their world, Kroen exposes the crisis of legitimacy defining the regime in these years and demonstrates how the people of the time made steps toward a democratic resolution to this crisis. Moving from the town squares, where state and ecclesiastical officials orchestrated their public spectacles in favor of the monarchy, to the theaters, where the French used Tartuffe to mock the restored monarch and the church, this cultural history of the Restoration offers a rich and colorful portrait of a period in which critical legacies of the revolutionary period were played out and cemented.

While most historians have characterized the Restoration as a period of reaction and reversal, Kroen offers convincing evidence that the Restoration was a critical bridge between the emerging practices of the Old Regime, the Revolution, and the post-1830 politics of protest. She re-creates the atmosphere of Restoration France and at the same time brings major nineteenth-century themes into focus: memory and commemoration, public and private spheres, politics and religion, anticlericalism, and the formation of democratic ideologies and practices.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520222144
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/04/2000
Series:
Studies on the History of Society and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Lexile:
1710L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Staging Monarchy in a Postrevolutionary World1
Pt. IPolitics as Theater21
1The "Counterrevolutionary" State and the Politics of Oubli (Forgetting)39
2The Missionaries: Expiation and the Resacralization of the King's Two Bodies76
3Competing Commemorations: The Problem of Performing Monarchy109
Pt. IITheater as Politics155
4"Practicing" Politics in an Age of Counterrevolution161
5Popular Anticlericalism: Defining the Sacred in Postrevolutionary France202
6Tartufferie229
Conclusion285
Notes307
Bibliography375
Index387

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