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Proliferation and Differentiation of National Theatres in France.

Whitton, David (2008) Proliferation and Differentiation of National Theatres in France. In: National Theatres in a Changing Europe. Studies in International Performance . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 153-163. ISBN 1-4039-4435-00 (Hb) 1-4039-4436-9 (Pb)

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    Abstract

    Recognising theatre's usefulness in nation-building and identity formation, most European countries maintain a national theatre. France is unusual in having been the first European country to establish a national theatre, and in having a plurality of national theatres. Although the Comédie-Française (est. 1680) is still regarded by many French people (not to mention foreigners) as the site of France's theatrical nationhood, it is currently one of five - or possibly seven - French national theatres. Each of them occupies a niche fashioned by the interaction of history, political agendas, and the artistic agendas of their directors. The chapter examines the proliferation and re-configuration of France's national theatres since 1968, and the changing national priorities that they reflect.

    Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
    Uncontrolled Keywords: theatre ; identity ; nationhood ; culture ; France
    Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > European Languages & Cultures
    ID Code: 4357
    Deposited By: Professor David Whitton
    Deposited On: 06 Mar 2008 11:08
    Refereed?: No
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 22:08
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4357

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