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. leading edge interpretations of l. a. Chaussée, Rousseau, Diderot, Rétif, Beaumarchais, and others reveal how the determine of the actor threatened ancien régime ethical hierarchies by means of decoupling have an effect on from emotion. As performing got here to be understood as an embodied perform of person freedom, makes an attempt to alternately excellent and repress it proliferated. throughout spiritual diatribes and mawkish comedies, technical manuals and epistolary novels, Leichman lines the advance of early glossy performing theories that outline the aesthetics, philosophy, and politics of the played topic. Acting Up weaves jointly cultural reports, literary research, theater historical past, and function stories to set up performing as a key conceptual version for the topic, for the Enlightenment, and for our personal time.

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