A New History of Theatre in France

Finburgh Delijani, Clare, ed. 2024. A New History of Theatre in France. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108908566 [Edited Book] (In Press)

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Theatre in France was the first in Europe to be written in the vernacular as opposed to Latin. It has provided the English language with the medieval word farce, the early-modern word role, and the modern term mise en scène. Molière is single-handedly responsible for launching European-style playwriting in North Africa. Today, it is only a slight exaggeration to say that it's harder to get tickets for the Festival d'Avignon, one of the world's largest theatre festivals, than for the Rolling Stones' farewell tour. Containing chapters by globally eminent theatre experts, many of whom will be read in English for the first time, this collaborative history testifies to the central part theatre has played for over a thousand years in both French culture and world culture. Crucially, too, it places centre-stage the genders, ethnicities and classes that have had to wait in the wings of theatres, and of theatre criticism.

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Edited Book

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Theatre and Performance (TAP)


May 2024

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Date Deposited:

06 Mar 2023 10:26

Last Modified:

27 Nov 2023 13:53



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