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

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Title: Theatre Under Louis XIV (Cross-Casting and the Performance of Gender in Drama, Ballet and Opera)
Author: Prest, Julia
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Cross-gender casting was an ongoing phenomenon in the French theatre during the reign of Louis XIV. This book 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. The inclusion of chapters on ballet and opera (as well as spoken drama) opens up the richness of French theatre under Louis XIV in a way that has not been achieved before.
Contributors

Julia Prest is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of St Andrews, UK. She has published critical editions of Le Mariage force (1999) and La Devineresse (2007), and numerous articles on seventeenth-century drama and culture. Her forthcoming monograph is on the controversy over Molière"s Tartuffe.


CONTENTS
1. Cross-Dressing and Cross-Casting
2. Unattractive Women: Cross-Casting in Comedy
3. Boys Will Be Girls: Cross-Casting in School Drama
4. Female Roles in Court Ballet I: Men Playing Women
5. Female Roles in Court Ballet II: Women Playing Women
6. Cross-Casting and Gender Ambiguity in Opera


REVIEW
"She [Prest] concisely and convincingly demonstrates the inherent interest of a largely neglected feature of seventeenth-century French theatre that is significant precisely because it is scarce." - Russell Goulbourne, Times Literary Supplement


Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 03/04/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781137320810
Publishing status: To Order
Theatre Under Louis XIV (Cross-Casting and the Performance of Gender in Drama, Ballet and Opera)