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Medieval Roles for Modern Times: Theater and the Battle for the French Republic

Solterer, Helen (Fellow, 2002-03)

University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2022

From the publisher's description:

Ranging from France to Russia to America in the throes of world war and revolution, Medieval Roles for Modern Times investigates how critics and creators made medieval culture a part of their modern world through theatrical role-playing. On both the Left and the Right across Europe, partisans used drama to express the ideological struggles dividing them. Helen Solterer explores the case of the Théophiliens, a Parisian youth group in the 1930s and 1940s whose members included Roland Barthes and Alain Resnais. The performances of the troupe—from the Adam Play to the Mystery of the Passion—captured the paradoxes of the French Republic as it was breaking apart.

Subjects: History; Theater;; Drama; Plays; Politics; Actors; French History; Performing Arts