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Farce and Fantasy: Popular Entertainment in Eighteenth-Century Paris

Isherwood, Robert M.

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ISBN 10: 0195061594 / ISBN 13: 9780195061598
Published by Oxford University Press, New York, 1989
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First paperback edition, 1989, octavo, 324pp., illustrated in b&w. Book fine, binding tight, text clean and unmarked. No DJ. Bookseller Inventory # B28126

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Title: Farce and Fantasy: Popular Entertainment in ...

Publisher: Oxford University Press, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First edition thus.

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This book takes its readers through the streets and fairs of 18th-century Paris--from cafes to boulevard theaters, and even to freak shows--on a lively investigation of various forms of entertainment, the people who enjoyed them, and the reasons for their popularity. Entertainment in 18th-century Paris was far more than mere diversion, argues Isherwood. It was a vital way for people to work out their fantasies as well. Using an imaginative array of sources, Farce and Fantasy describes the public's subliminal search for sex, pathos, brutality, and absurdity through certain types of entertainment, and shows how the lower classes often used entertainment to poke fun at the elite. Isherwood also examines the differences--and similarities--between popular and elite culture, arguing that street fairs in particular represented the convergence of significant aspects of the two cultures. Throughout, the book's carefully researched illustrations bring to life pre-revolutionary France through the eyes of its people.

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