Politics of Controversy: Theatre, Power and Society in 17th-Century France

Institute of Modern Languages Research

Politics of Controversy: Theatre, Power and Society in 17th-Century France

Clotilde Thouret
(Paris-Sorbonne)

This is the second instalment of a new series on French theatre. The French Theatre seminars provide a unique space for the discussion of theatre practice in France and Francophone countries. At the crossroads of French and Theatre/Performance Studies, they explore societal, cultural and artistic issues. Invited guest speakers shed light on aspects of staging and dramaturgy, programming and cultural planning, institutional networks and ideological battles.

Tout au long du XVIIe siècle, le théâtre fait l’objet de débats de plus ou moins grande intensité, qui accompagnent sa professionnalisation et son institutionnalisation. En m’intéressant aux dynamiques de ces polémiques, je me propose de repérer quelques usages et effets de celles-ci : instrumentalisation de la controverse par des camps politico-religieux ; instrumentalisation de la politique par les acteurs de la controverse ; argumentations politiques des défenses du théâtre.

NB: Clotilde Thouret will be speaking in French, but able to take questions in English or French. A wine reception will follow the seminar.

French Theatre seminar series

Author: 
School of Advanced Study, University of London
Speaker(s): 
Clotilde Thouret (Paris-Sorbonne)
Event date: 
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 12:00am
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