Introduction Staging Monarchy in a Postrevolutionary World

Sheryl Kroen

in Politics and Theater

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520222144
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924383 | DOI:
Introduction Staging Monarchy in a Postrevolutionary World

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This section renders an explanation as to the approach used in treating the writing of history as a sort of “staging” or history itself as theater. It notes however that for the French Restoration the theatrical metaphor is not merely useful or suggestive as an approach to history; it holds the key to making sense of this fifteen-year period and to explaining its central place in the emergence of a modern democratic political culture in France. It further notes that the theater stands at the heart of its interpretation of early nineteenth-century France, and at center stage in one particular play: Molière's seventeenth-century comedy Tartuffe.

Keywords: staging; history; theatrical metaphor; democratic political culture; France; early nineteenth-century; Tartuffe

Chapter.  8506 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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