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In Light of the Controversies

Clotilde Thouret

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The controversies over theater in Europe call for a redefinition of the place and role of theater in society, and doing so, they invite us to rethink the historiography of theater (in terms of scale, of objects and of canon). In the light of the controversies, new perpectives may be opened on playwrights and plays. It is particularly the case for spectatorship, which lies at the crossroads of three different historical paths (cultural and aesthetic, scientific and anthropological and theologico-political) and requires an aesthetical approach inspired by pragmatism, since polemical texts aim at the theatrical experience and even more precisely at the uses of the performance by the spectator. Finally, considering responses of Jonson, Shakespeare and Corneille to antitheatrical discourse, this article suggests the emergence, in early modern Europe, of the figure of a singular spectator.
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hal-03169322 , version 1 (15-03-2021)

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Clotilde Thouret. In Light of the Controversies: Spectatorship Reconsidered. Forum Modernes Theater, 2021, Text, Image, Performance, 32 (2), pp.228-237. ⟨10.1353/fmt.2021.0020⟩. ⟨hal-03169322⟩
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