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Modern French Drama 1940-1990 - David Bradby

Modern French Drama 1940-1990

Paperback Published: 15th July 1991
ISBN: 9780521408431
Number Of Pages: 348

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This is an updated account and comparison of all the major traditions and tendencies in the French theatre from the outbreak of the Second World War to the opening of the 1990s. In the fifty-year period covered by this book, French theatre has undergone profound changes, at both the institutional and artistic level. In this book David Bradby assesses these developments in styles of writing, criticism, acting, directing and stage design. Bradby does not confine his account to events in Paris but also considers the work of the Centres Dramatiques and Maisons de la Culture. While giving due attention to the work of well-known playwrights such as Beckett, Ionesco, Adamov and Genet among others, Bradby also shows that the period has been a rich one for experimentation in French theatre. The book also contains an introductory survey of the French theatre of the inter-war years and concludes with a bibliography and an historical table of productions. It is illustrated with black and white photographs and is intended for students of drama as well as French literature; the political and cultural background is explained and all quotations are in English.

List of illustrations
Introduction: the inter-war years
The Occupation
The Parisian theatre I: philosophical melodrama
The Parisian theatre II: The New Theatre
The decentralised theatre I: the fifties
The decentralised theatre II: Planchon and Adamov
The decentralised theatre III: the sixties
Total theatre
La creation collective
Playwrights of the seventies
The eighties
Historical table of productions
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ISBN: 9780521408431
ISBN-10: 0521408431
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 15th July 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised