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Opera and the Political Imaginary in Old Regime France

Olivia Bloechl

Abstract

From its origins in the 1670s through the French Revolution, serious opera in France was associated with the power of the absolute monarchy, and its ties to the crown remain at the heart of our understanding of this opera tradition (especially its foremost genre, the tragédie en musique). Opera and the Political Imaginary in Old Regime France, however, explores another layer of French opera’s political theater. The make-believe worlds that opera staged, it shows, involved not just fantasies of sovereign rule, but also aspects of tactical government. Plot conflicts over public conduct, morality ... More

Keywords: opera, France, early modern, politics, Ancien Regime, Foucault

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226522753
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226522890.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Olivia Bloechl, author
University of Pittsburgh