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Elizabeth Amann and Michael Boyden

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474481588

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474481588.001.0001

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Enlightenment Tropes in French Popular Theater on the Haitian Revolution in the 1790s

Enlightenment Tropes in French Popular Theater on the Haitian Revolution in the 1790s

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(p.93) Chapter 5 Enlightenment Tropes in French Popular Theater on the Haitian Revolution in the 1790s
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Reverberations of Revolution
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Anja Bandau

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474481588.003.0006

Anja Bandau’s chapter focuses on the French reception of the Haitian Revolution in two plays staged in Directory France: Pigault-Lebrun’s Le blanc et le noir (1795) and Béraud and Rosny’s Adonis ou le bon nègre (1798). Although the works belong to different genres – bourgeois drama and melodrama – and adopt different strategies, both seek to quell the violence of the uprising, drawing on Enlightenment discourse, staging improbable scenes of forgiveness and using sentimental tropes and the family romance to reconcile black and white characters. As Bandau shows, the events in Haiti are seen through the lens of the post-Terror period, which sought to avoid at all costs the bloody excesses of the recent past.

Keywords:   Haitian Revolution, theater of the French Revolution, bourgeois drama, melodrama

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