Satire, prints and theatricality in the French Revolution

By dustinfrazierwood

The Voltaire Foundation has recently announced the publication of Claire Trévien’s new book, Satire, prints and theatricality in the French Revolution. According to the Foundation:

Following an account of the historical and social contexts of Revolutionary printmaking, the author analyses over 50 works, incorporating scenes such as street singers and fairground performers, unsanctioned Revolutionary events, and the representation of Revolutionary characters in hell. Through analysing these depictions as an ensemble, focusing on style, vocabulary, and metaphor, Claire Trévien shows how prints were a potent vehicle for capturing and communicating partisan messages across the political spectrum. In spite of the intervening centuries, these prints still retain the power to evoke the Revolution like no other source material.

  1. Introduction: the other stage of the French Revolution
  2. Singing the scene: chansons and images in prints
  3. Le monde à l’envers: the carnivalesque in prints
  4. The spectacle of science: illusion in prints
  5. Théâtre de l’ombre: visions of afterlife in prints
  6. Conclusion

A blog post by Trévien and information on ordering are available …read more