In the 18th century, for the first time people reflected on the craft of acting. Theater became a ‘métier’, the mirror of a perfect society, for the use of political systems. The contributors to this volume address this role and also the strikingly international orientation of the theater at that time, in which language was subordinate to the artistic aspects of scenography (painting), music, dance and stagecraft. The overwhelming thrust was towards the worlds of reflection and morality. The contributors show how, in this way, the ideal and imaginary world of the theater inevitably unraveled the culture which was until that time dominated by an international aristocracy.
About the Author
JAAK VAN SCHOOR was Professor of Theater at Ghent University and Chairman of the Flemish Center of the International Theater Institute prior to his retirement. CHRISTEL STALPAERT is Professor of Theater, Performance, and Media Studies at Ghent University. BRAM VAN OOSTVELDT is Assistant Professor of Theater Studies at the University of Amsterdam.