9781137320810

Theatre Under Louis XIV Cross-Casting and the Performance of Gender in Drama, Ballet, and Opera

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    9781137320810

  • ISBN10:

    1137320818

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-04-04
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

Cross-gender casting was an ongoing phenomenon in the French theatre during the reign of Louis XIV. Here, Prest explores the trend and related gender issues in different theatrical genres and different performance contexts. Although professional acting troupes under Louis XIV were mixed, cross-casting remained an important feature of French court ballet (in which the King himself performed a number of women's roles) and an occasional feature of spoken comedy and tragic opera. This book fills an important gap in the history of French theatre and provides new insight into wider theoretical questions of gender and theatricality.

Author Biography

Julia Prest is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. She has published critical editions of Le Mariage forcé (1999) and La Devineresse (2007), and numerous articles on seventeenth-century drama and culture. Her latest book, Controversy in French Drama: Molière's Tartuffe and the Struggle for Influence, will be published by Palgrave in 2014.

Table of Contents

1. Cross-Dressing and Cross-Casting2. Unattractive Women: Cross-Casting in Comedy3. Boys Will Be Girls: Cross-Casting in School Drama4. Female Roles in Court Ballet I: Men Playing Women5. Female Roles in Court Ballet II: Women Playing Women6. Cross-Casting and Gender Ambiguity in Opera

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