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Theater: Sur le déclin du théâtre en Amérique (et comment il peut résister en France) (review)

Theater: Sur le déclin du théâtre en Amérique (et comment il peut résister en France) (review) Book Notes Frédéric Martel, e Th ater: Sur le déclin du théâtre en Amériqu e (et comment il peut résister en France) Paris: La Découverte, 2006, 235 pp. Frédéric Martel’s ambitious analysis of the decline of American theater fills a void in French scholarship. American theater has sparked very little interest in France since the early 10s, 79 outside of the odd special issue of professional journals. e Th book is the result of four years of e fi ldwork and archival research in the United States, funded by the French government. Martel, a journalist, does not ap- proach American theater from an aesthetic perspective (although he is not im- mune to value judgments) but focuses instead on its socioeconomic standing. His methodology draws on sociology, cultural studies, political science, history, and a wealth of primary sources. (A quick look at the exhaustive online bibliography at www.fredericmartel.com reveals the paucity of strictly theatrical sources). Martel’s account of the decline of American theater will come as no surprise to any observer. Among the most striking omissions to the bibliography, professional journals such as Pa J: A Journal of Performing A ra ts nd t Dr : e Th Drama Review http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Theater: Sur le déclin du théâtre en Amérique (et comment il peut résister en France) (review)

The Comparatist , Volume 31 – May 29, 2007

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2007 the Southern Comparative Literature Association.
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Abstract

Book Notes Frédéric Martel, e Th ater: Sur le déclin du théâtre en Amériqu e (et comment il peut résister en France) Paris: La Découverte, 2006, 235 pp. Frédéric Martel’s ambitious analysis of the decline of American theater fills a void in French scholarship. American theater has sparked very little interest in France since the early 10s, 79 outside of the odd special issue of professional journals. e Th book is the result of four years of e fi ldwork and archival research in the United States, funded by the French government. Martel, a journalist, does not ap- proach American theater from an aesthetic perspective (although he is not im- mune to value judgments) but focuses instead on its socioeconomic standing. His methodology draws on sociology, cultural studies, political science, history, and a wealth of primary sources. (A quick look at the exhaustive online bibliography at www.fredericmartel.com reveals the paucity of strictly theatrical sources). Martel’s account of the decline of American theater will come as no surprise to any observer. Among the most striking omissions to the bibliography, professional journals such as Pa J: A Journal of Performing A ra ts nd t Dr : e Th Drama Review

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The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: May 29, 2007

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