In France, both political culture and theatrical performances have drawn upon melodrama. This "melodramatic thread" helped weave the country's political life as it moved from monarchy to democracy. By examining the relationship between public ceremonies and theatrical performance, James R. Lehning sheds light on democratization in modern France. He explores the extent to which the dramatic forms were present in the public performance of political power. By concentrating on the Republic and the Revolution and on theatrical performance, Lehning affirms the importance of examining the performative aspects of French political culture for understanding the political differences that have marked France in the years since 1789.
Short books on large subjects are often stimulating to read and critique, and Lehning's falls into that category. Vol. 81.3 Sept. 2009--Sarah Maza "Northwestern University "
Series: Interdisciplinary Studies in History
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 9th July 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.19 x 15.85
Weight (kg): 0.3