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The Frightful Stage

Political Censorship of the Theater in Nineteenth-Century Europe

The Frightful Stage
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In nineteenth-century Europe the ruling elites viewed the theater as a form of communication which had enormous importance. The theater provided the most significant form of mass entertainment and was the only arena aside from the church in which regular mass gatherings were possible. Therefore, drama censorship occupied a great deal of the ruling class’s time and energy, with a particularly focus on proposed scripts that potentially threatened the existing political, legal, and social order. This volume provides the first comprehensive examination of nineteenth-century political theater censorship at a time, in the aftermath of the French Revolution, when the European population was becoming increasingly politically active.

Berghahn Books; March 2009
320 pages; ISBN 9781845458997
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1845458990
9780857451712
9781845458997