Theatre, Opera, and Audiences in Revolutionary Paris: Analysis and Repertory

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This comprehensive inventory is the result of a study of all performances of plays and operas announced in two Parisian newspapers during the decade of the French Revolution. The research conducted by a team of French and American historians tests the two-century-old assumption that Parisian theatre during the French Revolution was nothing more than a forum for political debate. This work will be an important resource for scholars of French theatre, opera, and literature, as well as for historians of the French ...

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Overview

This comprehensive inventory is the result of a study of all performances of plays and operas announced in two Parisian newspapers during the decade of the French Revolution. The research conducted by a team of French and American historians tests the two-century-old assumption that Parisian theatre during the French Revolution was nothing more than a forum for political debate. This work will be an important resource for scholars of French theatre, opera, and literature, as well as for historians of the French Revolution.

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A study based on a count of the frequency of performances of the plays and operas announced in two Parisian newspapers from 1789 through 1794. The count was made to determine what theatregoers, from among the 600,000 Parisians, were viewing while the French Revolution raged in the streets. A historical overview is followed by an account of the results: described are the authors, the great successes of each year, tragedy and the Terror, the most performed genres and their evolution, and theatre directors, among other topics. Includes detailed repertories, anonymous or unattributable plays, an index of titles, authors, and composers, a list of operas, and a statistical overview and tables. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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EMMET KENNEDY is Professor of European History at the George Washington University.

MARIE-LAURENCE NETTER is researcher at the Centre de Recherches Historiques, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

JAMES P. McGREGOR is senior policy officer at the Office of Policy, United States Information Agency.

MARK V. OLSEN is assistant director of the ARTFL Project at the University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 History of the Problem and the Method of Solving It 1
2 The Authors 9
3 The Most Performed Plays of the Decade 21
4 The Great Successes of Each Year 35
5 Old Regime Tragedy and the Terror 51
6 The Most Performed Genres and Their Evolution 59
7 Theatres and Their Directors 65
8 High Culture and Popular Culture: Paris Theatre Audiences, the Critics, and the Police 75
9 Conclusion 87
10 Abbreviations 91
11 Repertory of French Revolutionary Theatre 93
12 Repertory of Anonymous or Unattributed Plays 251
13 Index of Titles and Authors 319
14 Index of Authors and Composers 365
15 List of Operas 371
16 Statistical Overview and Tables 379
Endnotes 393
References 399
Index 405
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