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New light on candles on the seventeenth-century French stage

Abstract:

Modern accounts of the seventeenth-century French stage have repeatedly asserted that plays were divided into short acts of some twenty to thirty minutes in performance because the candles that lit the theatres had to be snuffed at frequent intervals. This article claims that there is no evidence for this assertion and aims to evoke the technological constraints of candle usage at the time so as to suggest that candles could be managed in such a way that they did not actually dictate dramatur...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1093/fs/knt301

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Medieval and Modern Lang Fac, French
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
French Studies Journal website
Volume:
68
Issue:
2
Pages:
180-192
Publication date:
2014-01-01
DOI:
EISSN:
1468-2931
ISSN:
0016-1128
URN:
uuid:9c477adc-92bb-437d-bc6b-ffaffc91b34a
Source identifiers:
614230
Local pid:
pubs:614230
Paper number:
2

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