Acting Up: Staging the Subject in Enlightenment France by Jeffrey M. Leichman

By Jeffrey M. Leichman

Acting focused either the aspirations and anxieties of 17th- and eighteenth-century France, the place theater used to be a defining portion of city sociability. In Acting Up: Staging the topic in Enlightenment France, Jeffrey M. Leichman argues for a brand new realizing of the connection among functionality and self. cutting edge interpretations of l. a. Chaussée, Rousseau, Diderot, Rétif, Beaumarchais, and others show how the determine of the actor threatened ancien régime ethical hierarchies by means of decoupling impact from emotion. As appearing got here to be understood as an embodied perform of person freedom, makes an attempt to alternately excellent and repress it proliferated. throughout non secular diatribes and mawkish comedies, technical manuals and epistolary novels, Leichman lines the advance of early smooth appearing theories that outline the aesthetics, philosophy, and politics of the played topic. Acting Up weaves jointly cultural experiences, literary research, theater background, and function experiences to set up appearing as a key conceptual version for the topic, for the Enlightenment, and for our personal time.

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