Théâtre et pouvoir avant l’institution : La Princesse d’Élide dans et après Les Plaisirs de l’île enchantée

Abstract : By studying Molière’s Princesse d’Élide, this paper aims to address the question of the political use of theatre before the existence of the « institutional theatres ». The play was produced for the first time during Louis XIV’s court festival, Les Plaisirs de l’île enchantée. At that stage, the choice of theatre (rather than other forms of entertainment) was the result of a complex set of political, professional and aesthetical rivalries. It was this conflictual context that created the politi- cal value of theatre and its interest for the contemporary political powers. What became of this political use of theatre once the festival was over? By studying La Princesse d’Élide’s printed editions and a libertine rewriting of the play as a novel, this paper shows how the political value of theatre is re-enacted, appropri- ated, and even subverted.
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Marine Roussillon. Théâtre et pouvoir avant l’institution : La Princesse d’Élide dans et après Les Plaisirs de l’île enchantée. Revue d'Histoire du Théâtre, Publiée avec le Concours du Ministere de la Culture, 2014, Les Théâtres institutionnels (1660-1848). Querelles, enjeux de pouvoir et production de valeurs, pp.15-24. ⟨halshs-01287027⟩

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