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Author Wiles, David.

Title Theatre and citizenship : the history of a practice / David Wiles.

Imprint Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.


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 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  306.4848 W647t 2011    ---  Available
Description viii, 258 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 228-253) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction: citizenship and theatre -- 2. Athens: Democracy and chorality ; The frogs ; Plato and Aristotle -- 3. Florence, Rome and Machiavelli: Machiavelli's political works ; Cicero ; Terence's Andria ; The mandrake and the Society of the Trowel ; 'The sunflower' in a politician's garden ; Coda: Goldoni, Ayckbourn and the comic genre -- 4. From Coventry to London: Christian fraternity ; The Weavers' pageant in Coventry ; Shakespeare, Heywood and London ; John Milton and the revolution -- 5. Geneva: Rousseau versus Voltaire: Geneva ; Rousseau ; The Letter to d'Alembert ; The battle for a public theatre ; Conclusion: two ideals -- 6. Paris and the French Revolution: Brutus and the active citizen audience ; Tragedy as a school for citizens: the career of M.-J. Chenier ; The revolutionary festival ; Diderot and bourgeois realism -- 7. The people, the folk, and the modern public sphere: Collectivism in pre-war Germany ; The Indian People's Theatre Association ; In search of the public sphere -- Epilogue: Washington's monuments to citizenship.
Summary "Citizenship is a contested term which today inspires both policy-makers and radical activists. David Wiles traces this ideal to its classical roots, examining both theatre and citizenship as performative practices. Wiles examines how people function collectively rather than as individuals, for example through choruses or crowd behaviour in the auditorium. He explores historic tensions between the passivity of the spectator and the active engagement of a citizen, paying special attention to dramatists like Aristophanes, Machiavelli and Rousseau who have translated political theory into a theatre of, and for, active citizens. The book is a fresh investigation of familiar and less familiar landmarks of theatre history, revealing how plays function as social and political events. In this original approach to theatre history, Wiles argues that theatre is a powerful medium to build communities, and that attempts to use it as a vehicle for education are very often misplaced"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Theater and society.
Theater -- Political aspects.
ISBN 9780521193276 (hardback)
0521193273 (hardback)
Standard No. 40019295561

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