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Stases et statues : l’art de l’immobile dans le théâtre élisabéthain et jacobéen

Abstract : The art of statuary in the Elizabethan and Jacobean era has suffered from the repercussions of several centuries of political and religious instability. However, early modern England proved particularly interested in, if not totally fascinated by, Italian and Flemish artists famous for their artistic and theoretical approach to sculpture. Although many studies have already been made on painting and the problematic place of images in Reformation England, only a few books have focused on three-dimensional images and on their reception.My dissertation therefore seeks to analyze the political, religious and cultural context in which the statues were inscribed at the time, on the one hand, and to precisely reassess the ways in which they appeared on the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage, on the other hand.First, I pay attention to the historical events and texts in which statues have had a prominent place, taking into account the legal aspect related to the production of early modern images. This leads me to study from a more literary perspective major plays from the Shakespearean corpus such as Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra and The Winter's Tale. Finally, I seek to highlight the art of stasis and statuary in the Jacobean drama by focusing on the moments of immobility and petrification of the characters in George Chapman’s Bussy d’Ambois, John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, and Thomas Middleton’s A Game at Chess.The double objective of this thesis is, in fine, to compare the impact of the statue and its representations on stage on two different types of audience both belonging to the early modern era (one Elizabethan, the other Jacobean), and to prove the importance of the statuary within the dramatic universe of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
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Olivia Coulomb. Stases et statues : l’art de l’immobile dans le théâtre élisabéthain et jacobéen. Linguistique. Université Clermont Auvergne [2017-2020], 2017. Français. ⟨NNT : 2017CLFAL004⟩. ⟨tel-01777701⟩



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