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Description - Popular Theater and Society in Tsarist Russia by Eugene Anthony Swift

This study looks at the popular theatre that developed during the last decades of tsarist Russia. Swift examines the origins and significance of the new "people's theaters" that were created for the lower classes in St Petersburg and Moscow between 1861 and 1917. His extensively researched study, full of anecdotes from the theatre world of the day, shows how these people's theatres became a major arena in which the cultural contests of late imperial Russia were played out and how they contributed to the emergence of an urban consumer culture during this period of rapid social and political change. Swift illuminates many aspects of the story of these popular theatres - the cultural politics and aesthetic ambitions of theatre directors and actors, state censorship politics and their role in shaping the theatrical repertoire, and the theatre as a vehicle for social and political reform. He looks at the roots of the theatres, discusses specific theatres and performances, and explores in particular how popular audiences responded to the plays.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520225947
ISBN-10: 0520225945
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 364
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 30-Dec-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Eugene Anthony Swift

E. Anthony Swift is a Lecturer in the History Department at the University of Essex.