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The Plays of Michel Vinaver

Political Theatre in France


Kevin Elstob

This introductory study highlights the central themes in the plays of Michel Vinaver, showing how Vinaver articulates a wide spectrum of political and economic developments in France, by focusing on the everyday - le quotidien. Through fragmented plot, dialogue, and stage space, Vinaver creates a subversive montage of government politics, industrial capitalism, and daily life in contemporary France. Innovative and widely produced in France, Vinaver has been successful not only in theatre, but also in business; from the mid-1950s until 1982, he worked for a multinational corporation. The combination of these two careers offers us some of the most significant dramatic representations of corporate capitalism in the late twentieth century.
Contents: Perceptions of post-war France - La patrie a contentious issue - Work and the capitalist web - Multinational business: unknown, misunderstood, out-of-reach economic forces - market-place values and politics in the home.