The Melodramatic Thread
Spectacle and Political Culture in Modern France
By (author) James R. Lehning
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Melodramatic Thread by James R. Lehning
Book DescriptionIn France, both political culture and theatrical performances have drawn upon melodrama. This "melodramatic thread" helped weave the country's political life as it moved from monarchy to democracy. By examining the relationship between public ceremonies and theatrical performance, James R. Lehning sheds light on democratization in modern France. He explores the extent to which the dramatic forms were present in the public performance of political power. By concentrating on the Republic and the Revolution and on theatrical performance, Lehning affirms the importance of examining the performative aspects of French political culture for understanding the political differences that have marked France in the years since 1789.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253219107
(5983mm x 3971mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 9-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author James R. Lehning
European Colonialism Since 1700, Paperback (August 2013)
The only textbook to survey the major Atlantic, Asian and African empires of Europe, from 1700 through decolonization in 1945.
To be a Citizen, Hardback (October 2001)
France's Third Republic confronts historians and political scientists with what seems a paradox: it is at once France's most long-lived experiment with republicanism and a regime remembered primarily for chronic instability and spectacular scandal...
Peasant and French, Paperback (April 1995)» View all books by James R. Lehning
Describes the negotiation of French national identity during the nineteenth century in terms of the relationship between the French and their rural cultures.
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Author Biography - James R. Lehning
James R. Lehning is Professor of History at The University of Utah and author of To Be a Citizen: The Political Culture of the Early French Third Republic and Peasant and French: Cultural Contact in Rural France during the Nineteenth Century.
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