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THEA 241 (Babinskaya): 2019 Assignment
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The ideal companion book to the musical Les Misérables Contains more than 100 color and black-and-white photographs Follows the story of the musical from 1985 as it became an international hit Ever since its opening night on October 5, 1985, Les Misérables has been the world's longest running and most beloved musical. Countless productions have played in 319 cities across 42 countries. It has won over 100 major theatre awards, including an Olivier, Grammy, and Tony. Approximately 70 million people have been entranced by the musical across the globe. This is the ideal partner book to this incredible musical. Over 100 color and black-and-white photographs follow the show from its inspiration in Victor Hugo's 1862 novel to the first Paris production and the developments on an international hit. Edward Behr connects firsthand interviews with the authors, producer, cast members, directors, and designers. The show, and the novel that inspired it, contains a tale of romance, fortune, war, loss, love, the French revolution, and second chances. It is a timeless story loved by many, and The Complete Book of Les Misérables chronicles its journey.
In the following essay, Cerisola, a former teacher at the Lycee Francais de New York and a current instructor at New York University, outlines some of the biographical background that led to Hugo's great work; Cerisola also discusses the author's ambition of creating not only a great story, but also a novel that would be an epic of its time, thus explaining the story's complicated narrative approach.
1832 June Rebellion in Paris
The Historic Event
Les Misérables is set during the Paris Uprising of 1832 also known as the June Rebellion.
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"To the barricades!" The cry conjures images of angry citizens, turmoil in the streets, and skirmishes fought behind hastily improvised cover. This definitive history of the barricade charts the origins, development, and diffusion of a uniquely European revolutionary tradition. Mark Traugott traces the barricade from its beginnings in the sixteenth century, to its refinement in the insurrectionary struggles of the long nineteenth century, on through its emergence as an icon of an international culture of revolution. Exploring the most compelling moments of its history, Traugott finds that the barricade is more than a physical structure; it is part of a continuous insurrectionary lineage that features spontaneous collaboration even as it relies on recurrent patterns of self-conscious collective action. A case study in how techniques of protest originate and evolve, The Insurgent Barricade tells how the French perfected a repertoire of revolution over three centuries, and how students, exiles, and itinerant workers helped it spread across Europe.
Between 1830 and 1848, Paris was rocked by two successful revolutions, three failed insurrections, and seven serious assassination attempts against King Louis Phillippe and his sons. The June Days of 1848 - the worst urban insurrection in history until that time - finally brought this period to a close. Using a wide variety of sources, including detailed court records and hundreds of depositions of witnesses and suspects, Jill Harsin examines revolutionary republicanism during the violent underground movement of the July Monarchy, and describes these events in vivid detail. The lives of ordinary men are captured in their own words as Harsin illuminates the political aspirations of the working class. Harsin sheds light on the particular turbulence of this era, a period of disruption that stemmed from the contemporary working class codes of masculinity and honour.
How the French invented the barricade, and its symbolic impact on popular protests throughout history In the history of European revolutions, the barricade stands as a glorious emblem. Its symbolic importance arises principally from the barricades of Eric Hazan's native Paris, where they were instrumental in the revolts of the nineteenth century, helping to shape the political life of a continent. The barricade was always a makeshift construction (the word derives from barrique or barrel), and in working-class districts these ersatz fortifications could spread like wildfire. They doubled as a stage, from which insurgents could harangue soldiers and subvert their allegiance. Their symbolic power persisted into May 1968 and, more recently, the Occupy movements. Hazan traces the many stages in the barricade's evolution, from the Wars of Religion through to the Paris Commune, drawing on the work of thinkers throughout the periods examined to illustrate and bring to life the violent practicalities of revolutionary uprising.