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

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ISBN-10: 1403975183

ISBN-13: 9781403975188

Edition: 2006

Authors: Julia Prest

List price: $100.00
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This book explores the fascinating phenomenon of cross-casting and related gender issues in different theatrical genres and different performance contexts during the heyday of French theatre. 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. Cross-casting also persisted out of necessity in the school drama of the period. 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…    
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Book details

List price: $100.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 9/5/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Cross-Dressing and Cross-Casting
Unattractive Women: Cross-Casting in Comedy
Boys Will Be Girls: Cross-Casting in School Drama
Female Roles in Court Ballet I: Men Playing Women
Female Roles in Court Ballet II: Women Playing Women
Cross-Casting and Gender Ambiguity in Opera