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Inventing the Spectator: Subjectivity and the Theatrical Experience in Early Modern France

Joseph Harris


During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, France became famous—notorious even—across Europe for its ambitious attempts to codify and theorize a system of universally valid dramatic ‘rules’. So fundamental and formative was this ‘classical’ conception of drama that it still underpins our modern conception of theatre today. Yet rather than rehearsing familiar arguments about plays, this book reads early modern France’s dramatic theory against the grain, tracing instead the profile and characteristics of the spectator that these arguments imply: the living, breathing individual in whose mi ... More

Keywords: spectatorship, theatre, subjectivity, psychology, drama, illusion, pleasure, interest, identification

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198701613
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701613.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Harris, author
Senior Lecturer in French, Royal Holloway, University of London