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French Sacred Drama from Beze to Corneille : Dramatic Forms and their Purposes in the Early Modern Theatre - J.S. Street

French Sacred Drama from Beze to Corneille

Dramatic Forms and their Purposes in the Early Modern Theatre

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Published: 21st July 2011
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Originally published in 1983, this was the first comprehensive study of the French sacred theatre during the crucial transition from the medieval to the modern conception of drama. Although some hundreds of sacred plays were written between 1550 and 1650, the genre was largely ignored by subsequent critics, deterred by deliberately non-naturalistic styles. The author explores the use of techniques which were not consecrated by later critical opinion, extending to other styles the reassessment of the humanist theatre occurring at the time of publication. He examines the functions that these conventions were intended to serve, and the effects that the dramatists sought in adopting one or another style: the result is a fresh appraisal of the dramatic forms then current, ranging from the medieval through the humanist and the baroque to the flowering of French Classicism. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in theatre.

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction
The inheritance of 1550: the mystères
Bèze and the classical tradition
The explicit representation of Christian doctrine
The theatre of sectarian propaganda
Humanist drama: the themes and forms of the wars of religion
Peace: new themes and forms
The renewed vogue of the sacred chronicle
The early Classical period
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521155274
ISBN-10: 0521155274
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 354
Published: 21st July 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.45