Acting Up: Staging the Subject in Enlightenment France by Jeffrey M. Leichman

By Jeffrey M. Leichman

Acting centred either the aspirations and anxieties of 17th- and eighteenth-century France, the place theater used to be a defining part of city sociability. In Acting Up: Staging the topic in Enlightenment France, Jeffrey M. Leichman argues for a brand new realizing of the connection among functionality and self. leading edge interpretations of los angeles Chaussée, Rousseau, Diderot, Rétif, Beaumarchais, and others display how the determine of the actor threatened ancien régime ethical hierarchies by means of decoupling have an effect on from emotion. As performing got here to be understood as an embodied perform of person freedom, makes an attempt to alternately excellent and repress it proliferated. throughout spiritual diatribes and mawkish comedies, technical manuals and epistolary novels, Leichman lines the improvement of early glossy performing theories that outline the aesthetics, philosophy, and politics of the played topic. Acting Up weaves jointly cultural stories, literary research, theater background, and function reports to set up performing as a key conceptual version for the topic, for the Enlightenment, and for our personal time.

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