Publisher description for Theatres of war : French committed theatre from the Second World War to the Cold War / Ted Freeman.


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Theatres of War is the first full-length study to be devoted to the 'Committed' theatre that flourished in modern France from 1944 to the mid-1950s. During this crucial decade, authors such as Sartre, de Beauvoir and Camus, along with other lesser-known dramatists, responded to the issues of their time by contributing a number of tense controversial plays to a distinctive genre of realist theatre. These plays dealt with the ideological, political and moral issues arising from the Second World War, the Cold War and a series of disastrous colonial wars.
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Theatres of War combines historical contextualisation, pointing up the political and moral debate of the theatre of the period, with detailed analysis of specific plays, making it a useful student text. All quotations are in French with English translations immediately following.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
French drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Theater -- France -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Theater and the war.
Cold War -- Theater and the war.