Explores early modern ways of depicting and showing violence (physical, political, domestic, supernatural). The spectacle of violence represents a site of cultural conflict during the 17th century, since it implies both the pleasure taken by the viewer and the risk of imitation. Readings include plays, tragic histories, utopian and travel literature, historical and theoretical texts (Foucault, Rancière, Marin, Elias, Lyotard), and the analysis of images (paintings, frontispieces).
Examines French drama from the early-modern stage to post-dramatic theater from literary, theoretical, historical, and visual culture perspectives. We read dramatic texts (16th-21st century), theories of performance, visual sources, treatises on acting.
Aims to help students, including those who are genuine novices in acting, to understand and experience theater as a form of physical expression that evolve as aesthetic and ideological contexts change across time. Readings include the most famous French playwrights of both the early modern age (Molière, Corneille, Racine) and the later 20th / early 21st centuries. We explore how theater is used to interrogate questions such as sexual taboos, social injustices, or political engagement. Special emphasis paid to the power of performance through practical workshops and videos of recent... Read more about FRENCH 80 - French Theater across Time: An Introduction to Performance