The First Frame : Theatre Space in Enlightenment France

By (author) Pannill Camp

In the late eighteenth century, a movement to transform France’s theatre architecture united the nation. Playwrights, philosophers, and powerful agents including King Louis XV rejected the modified structures that had housed the plays of Racine and Moliere, and debated which playhouse form should support the future of French stagecraft. In The First Frame, Pannill Camp argues that these reforms helped to lay down the theoretical and practical foundations of modern theatre space. Examining dramatic theory, architecture, and philosophy, Camp explores how architects, dramatists, and spectators began to see theatre and scientific experimentation as parallel enterprises. During this period of modernisation, physicists began to cite dramatic theory and adopt theatrical staging techniques, while playwrights sought to reveal observable truths of human nature. Camp goes on to show that these reforms had consequences for the way we understand both modern theatrical aesthetics and the production of scientific knowledge in the present day.

Product details

  • Format Hardback | 299 pages
  • Publication date 31 Jan 2015
  • Publisher CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Publication City/Country Cambridge, United Kingdom

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