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Contre le ‘bric-à-brac’ : réticences et résistances de la critique dramatique (1870-1900)

Abstract : Throughout the period from the start of Émile Perrin’s direction at the Comédie-Française (1871) to the death of Francisque Sarcey, the influential serial writer for the newspaper Le Temps (1889), dramatic critics campaign for fighting against the development of the staging, which appears as a factor of decadence of the theater. To this end, it deploys a whole series of arguments. Thus, the supposed rivalry between the eye and the ear would prevent the spectator who watches to hear well. The generic confusion induced by the influence of the big show would also threaten to tip the theater into attraction and exhibition. Finally, whether the richness of the decoration is perceived as the cause or as the consequence of the poverty of the text, a link is regularly established between the progress of the staging and the decline of dramatic writing.
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Marianne Bouchardon. Contre le ‘bric-à-brac’ : réticences et résistances de la critique dramatique (1870-1900). Romantisme : la revue du dix-neuvième siècle, Armand Colin, 2020, "La mise en scène au XIXe siècle", dir. Roxane Martin, 2020/2 (188), pp.39-48. ⟨10.3917/rom.188.0039⟩. ⟨hal-03320650⟩



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