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L’introduzione del balletto di corte francese in Svezia
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2013 (Italian)In: Mélanges de l'École française de Rome. Italie et Méditerranée modernes et contemporaines [en ligne], ISSN 1724-2142, Vol. 125, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay examines the circumstances leading to the introduction of French court ballet in Sweden during the first half of the seventeenth century. The development of this particular genre during the reign of Queen Christina of Sweden is studied both through a reconstruction of the contacts between the courts of Sweden and France, and also by an analysis of the libretti published on the occasion of the performances. These publications were often written in different languages (French, Swedish and German) with the aim to convey propagandistic messages both within her own court as well as outside. The main subjects of the ballets performed during the personal rule of Christina (1644-1654) center around the Queen’s decision not to marry and on the signing of the Peace of Westphalia (1648). These two major events characterise the ideal image of the Swedish sovereign that, through the use of exempla such as Diana and Pallas, is praised for her capacity of reigning above passions and for her erudition.

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2013. Vol. 125, no 1
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court ballet, Queen Christina of Sweden, political propaganda, cardinal Mazarin
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Specific Literatures General Literature Studies Cultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98676OAI: diva2:685038
The Wenner-Gren Foundation
Available from: 2014-01-08 Created: 2014-01-08 Last updated: 2014-02-26Bibliographically approved

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