Faculty Book: Antoinette Blum

Antoinette Blum, ed.

Jean-Richard Bloch: un théâtre engagé
"Un Théâtre en Question" series

(Paris: Complexe, 2008)

Jean-Richard Bloch (1884–1947), writer, playwright, storyteller, essayist, political thinker, and poet, was militantly anti-Fascist and committed to the Popular Front. Theatre was a major aspect of his work. André Antoine produced his first play. The Last Emperor, his second met with success at Erwin Piscator’s theatre in Berlin. But The Birth of a City, commissioned by the Popular Front, is his most ambitious play. With this avant-garde work—Fernand Léger was the set designer, Arthur Honegger and Darius Milhaud composed the music—Bloch wanted to revolutionize playwriting and staging and create the first French “theatre for the masses.” This volume republishes Bloch’s essays on the theatre that have been unavailable for more than fifty years. In a lengthy introduction, editor Antoinette Blum retraces the journey of an intellectual for whom the theatre links poet and public, man and his time, in an unbreakable marriage. Antoinette Blum is a professor of French at Lehman College and the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: JAN 1, 2008

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