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Staging France between the World Wars: Performance, Politics, and the Transformation of the Theatrical Canon by McCready Susan (review)

Staging France between the World Wars: Performance, Politics, and the Transformation of the... Book Reviews Susan McCready. Staging France between the World Wars: Performance, Politics, and the Transformation of the Theatrical Canon. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016 , 157 pp. Susan McCready’s Staging France Between the World Wars: Performance, Politics, and the Transformation of the Theatrical Canon brings together two major discussions into a slim and engaging volume. Detailing an account of theater in times of war, McCready situates this story within the larger stakes of her book, arguing that changes to the mainstream or canonical French theatrical tradition in the interwar period took place thanks to the institutionalizing efforts of a band of directors: Jacques Copeau and the Cartel des quatre (Gaston Baty, Charles Dullin, Louis Jouvet, and Georges Pitoe¨ff). Convincingly, she claims that these directors normalized theatri- cal modernity through a gradual redefinition of who could claim author- ship of a performance. Specifically, these interwar directors “shifted emphasis from the verbal to the visual,” (10 ) implicitly and often explicitly posing the metteur-en-scene as a “theatrical artist in his own right, apart from the author” (xiii). McCready’s description of the legitimization of stagecraft ends with Copeau fully realizing his efforts to transform theatri- cal institutions, through his appointment as director http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png French Forum University of Nebraska Press

Staging France between the World Wars: Performance, Politics, and the Transformation of the Theatrical Canon by McCready Susan (review)

French Forum , Volume 43 (1) – Sep 29, 2018

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Book Reviews Susan McCready. Staging France between the World Wars: Performance, Politics, and the Transformation of the Theatrical Canon. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016 , 157 pp. Susan McCready’s Staging France Between the World Wars: Performance, Politics, and the Transformation of the Theatrical Canon brings together two major discussions into a slim and engaging volume. Detailing an account of theater in times of war, McCready situates this story within the larger stakes of her book, arguing that changes to the mainstream or canonical French theatrical tradition in the interwar period took place thanks to the institutionalizing efforts of a band of directors: Jacques Copeau and the Cartel des quatre (Gaston Baty, Charles Dullin, Louis Jouvet, and Georges Pitoe¨ff). Convincingly, she claims that these directors normalized theatri- cal modernity through a gradual redefinition of who could claim author- ship of a performance. Specifically, these interwar directors “shifted emphasis from the verbal to the visual,” (10 ) implicitly and often explicitly posing the metteur-en-scene as a “theatrical artist in his own right, apart from the author” (xiii). McCready’s description of the legitimization of stagecraft ends with Copeau fully realizing his efforts to transform theatri- cal institutions, through his appointment as director

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Published: Sep 29, 2018

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