Theatre and citizenship : the history of a practice / David Wiles.

Wiles, David.
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
viii, 258 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Theater and society.
Theater -- Political aspects.
"Citizenship is a contested term which today inspires both policy-makers and radical activists. David Wiles traces this ideal to its classical roots, examining both theatre and citizenship as performative practices. Wiles examines how people function collectively rather than as individuals, for example through choruses or crowd behaviour in the auditorium. He explores historic tensions between the passivity of the spectator and the active engagement of a citizen, paying special attention to dramatists like Aristophanes, Machiavelli and Rousseau who have translated political theory into a theatre of, and for, active citizens. The book is a fresh investigation of familiar and less familiar landmarks of theatre history, revealing how plays function as social and political events. In this original approach to theatre history, Wiles argues that theatre is a powerful medium to build communities, and that attempts to use it as a vehicle for education are very often misplaced"-- Provided by publisher.
Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction: citizenship and theatre
2. Athens. Democracy and chorality
The Frogs
Plato and Aristotle 3. Florence, Rome and Machiavelli. Machiavelli's political works
Terence's Andria
The Mandrake and the Society of the Trowel
'The Sunflower' in a politician's garden
Coda : Goldoni, Ayckbourn and the comic genre
4. From Coventry to London. Christian fraternity
The Weavers' Pageant in Coventry
Elizabethan London : Shakespeare and Heywood
John Milton and revolutionary tragedy
5. Geneva. Rousseau versus Voltaire : Geneva
Rousseau : The Letter to d'Alembert
The battle for a public theatre
Conclusion : two ideals
6. Paris and the French Revolution. Brutus and the active citizen audience
Tragedy as a school for citizens : the career of M. J. Chenier
The revolutionary festival
Diderot and bourgeois realism
7. The people, the folk, and the modern public sphere. Collectivism in pre-war Germany
The Indian People's Theatre Association
In search of the public sphere
Epilogue : Washington's monuments to citizenship.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 228-253) and index.
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Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
Horace Howard Furness Memorial Library (University of Pennsylvania)
9780521193276 (hardback)
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