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Founded in 1974, Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens is a publication affiliated with the University Paul-Valéry Montpellier, France, which is committed to publishing insightful and innovative scholarship on British Victorian and Edwardian literature, art, and cultural history.

It is a double-blind, peer-reviewed bi-annual journal which accepts year-round submissions, in French or in English, for both its general and special issues, as well as book reviews.

Latest issue
86 Automne | 2017
'The French Play in London': Performing, Translating, and Adapting from the French in Victorian Britain

France stands as an undeniable referent for British Victorian theatre. Beyond the numerous translations and adaptations of French plays performed well into the twentieth century, the presence of Parisian actors and the staging of plays in French before an essentially Anglophone audience reveal the extent to which France is perceived as a fashionable culture. Closely monitored by critics and censors, the community of actors, translators, playwrights and impresarios glanced upon their neighbouring country as a source of inspiration for their own creation, thus ultimately challenging the national barriers of the theatrical genre itself. Preceded by an Introduction that contextualizes this transcultural phenomenon, the ten articles collected in this special issue of Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens reveal the extent to which French influence in Victorian theatre needs to be reassessed by scholars. The issue represents the culmination of the work carried out by the members of a research project financed by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, titled “French Sources of Victorian Theatre (1843-1910): Adaptation, Theatrical Industry and Cultural Imperialism,” thanks to which an analytical approach to the cultural rivalry between the two nations has been undertaken. The omnipresence of French influence allows us to re-explore the connections between originality, commercial protection and British national identity during the Victorian era, and to appreciate the circulation of dramatic forms, techniques and actors as a quality hallmark of indigenous theatre.

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