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Triumph of Pleasure Louis XIV and the Politics of Spectacle

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ISBN-10: 0226116387

ISBN-13: 9780226116389

Edition: 2008

Authors: Georgia J. Cowart, Georgia Cowart

List price: $60.00
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Prominent components of Louis XIV7;s propaganda, the arts of spectacle also became sources of a potent resistance to the monarchy in late seventeenth-century France. With a particular focus on the court ballet, comedy-ballet, opera, and opera-ballet, Georgia Cowart tells the long-neglected story of how the festive arts deployed an intricate network of subversive satire to undermine the rhetoric of sovereign authority. With bold revisionist strokes, Cowart traces this strain of artistic dissent through the comedy-ballets of Jean-Baptiste Lully and Moliere, the late operatic works of Lully and the operas of his sons, the opera-ballets of Andre Campra and his contemporaries, and the related imagery of Antoine Watteau7;s well-known paintingThe Pilgrimage to Cythera. She contends that through a variety of means, including the parody of old-fashioned court entertainments, these works reclaimed traditional allegories for new ideological aims, setting the tone for the Enlightenment. Looking at all these festive arts from the perspective of spectacle as it emerged from the court into the Parisian public sphere, Cowart ultimately situates the ballet and related genres as the missing link between an imagery of propaganda and an imagery of political protest.
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Book details

List price: $60.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/15/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Georgia J. Cowart is professor of music at Case Western Reserve University.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Allure of Spectacle and the Prerogative of Pleasure
Muses of Pleasure: Louis XIV's Early Court Ballet, 1651-1660
Muses of Memory: Louis XIV's Late Court Ballet, 1661-1669
Muses of Satire: Le bourgeois gentilhomme & the Utopia of Spectacle
Tragic Interlude: Reversals at the Paris Opera, 1671-1697
Sappho, Cythera & the Triumph of Love: The Ballet at the Paris Opera, 1700-1713
Carnival, Commedia dell'arte & the Triumph of Folly: The Ballet at the Paris Opera, 1699-1718
Watteau's Cythera, the Opera-Ballet & the Staging of Pleasure