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Politics and Theater: The Crisis of Legitimacy in Restoration France, 1815-1830

Sheryl Kroen


Molière's anticlerical comedy Tartuffe is the unique prism through which this book views postrevolutionary France in the years of the Restoration. Following the lead of the French men and women who turned to this play in the 1820s to make sense of their world, the book exposes the crisis of legitimacy defining the regime in these years and demonstrates how the people of the time made steps toward a democratic resolution to this crisis. Moving from the town squares, where state and ecclesiastical officials orchestrated their public spectacles in favor of the monarchy, to the theaters, where the ... More

Keywords: Molière, Tartuffe, postrevolutionary France, Restoration, Revolution, Old Regime, democratic ideologies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520222144
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520222144.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sheryl Kroen, author