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date: 07 July 2020

bourgeois theatre 

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

A cultural phenomenon which emerged during the rise of the European bourgeoisie in the eighteenth century. In Marxist parlance ‘bourgeois’ refers to the legal owners, or the managerial and state controllers, of merchant, industrial, and money capital who replaced the aristocracy as the class in control of the means of production. However, bourgeois theatre continues to be created by and appeal to a broader range of social groups, especially members of the diverse middle class, from professionals to clerical, technical, and service workers. Through its assertion of democratic liberalism, bourgeois theatre subversively challenged aristocratic absolutist order. In contrast to the French ... ...

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