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Stagestruck: The Business of Theater in Eighteenth-Century France and Its Colonies

Lauren R. Clay


This book traces the making of a vibrant French theater industry between the reign of Louis XIV and the French Revolution. During this era more than eighty provincial and colonial cities celebrated the inauguration of their first public playhouses. These theaters emerged as the most prominent urban cultural institutions in pre-revolutionary France, becoming key sites for the articulation and contestation of social, political, and racial relationships. This book discusses the wide-ranging consequences of theater's spectacular growth for performers, spectators, and authorities in cities througho ... More

Keywords: public playhouses, French theater, France, theatrical production, commercial theater, cultural change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450389
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450389.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lauren R. Clay, author
Assistant Professor of History, Vanderbilt University