April in Paris: Theatricality, Modernism, and Politics at the 1925 Art Deco Expo
Attracting over fifteen million visitors, the 1925 Paris Expo had an ambitious goal to create a new modernist style which would reflect the great scientific, industrial, and technological advances that produced a new spirit known as "modern." In April in Paris, author Irena R. Makaryk explores the theatre arts’ vital cultural and political impact at this celebrated international exhibition.
Drawing extensively from unexplored archival documents from France, Austria, and North America, April in Paris is the first major study to focus on theatre arts at the 1925 Paris Expo and the audacious Soviet contributions to this fair. Turning a spotlight on the uses and representations of theatricalized spaces, Makaryk analyses their political challenge at a time when relations between the West and the USSR were rife with tension. Copiously illustrated with beautiful colour and black and white illustrations, this book elucidates the complex role of the international fair as a catalyst for spirited cultural debate and for aesthetic change.
- Division: Scholarly Publishing
- World Rights
- Page Count: 328 pages
- Illustrations: 71
- Dimensions: 6.2in x 1.2in x 9.1in
"With highly original material and analysis, April in Paris fills a gap in our knowledge of international expositions, and offers an interesting perspective on Soviet attempts to interact with a world that was not ready to recognize the Bolshevik government. Irena R. Makaryk’s work underscores the importance of theatre in the history of modernism."
Alison Rowley, professor of History, Concordia University
"Well written, accessible, and engaging, April in Paris brings together interesting and surprising threads in order to illuminate modernist culture and its influence on the rest of the twentieth century."
Ihor Junyk, associate professor of Cultural Studies, Trent University
Author InformationIrena R. Makaryk is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa.
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
Note to the Reader on Transliteration
Introduction. April in Paris: ‘as important as the Renaissance’
1. Theatricalizing the City: Space, Modernism, and the Paris Expo
2. Conquering Space: The Soviets in Paris
3. April in Paris 1925: Staging the New Spirit
4. Great Expectations: Space and Theatre Arts
5. Trial by Space: Incarnating the Revolution
6. Battling Traditional Space: Bringing Modernism from Paris to New York
7. Transformative Space: Into the Future
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