Katherine Astbury

Kate Astbury

 

Email: Katherine.Astbury@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Katherine Astbury is Reader in French Studies at the University of Warwick. She is Principal Investigator on an AHRC project to investigate French theatre of the Napoleonic Era. The project began in October 2013 and runs until January 2017. The team includes a postdoctoral musicologist, Dr Katherine Hambridge, and two PhD students, Devon Cox and Clare Siviter. The team’s findings can be followed on the project bloghttp://ftne.hypotheses.org/ . The project takes as its starting point Warwick’s unique Marandet  collection (over 2000 18th– and 19th-century plays which have been digitised – available viahttp://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/french/marandet )  – to re-examine the theatre of the First Empire in order to see whether recent approaches to Revolutionary theatre can be applied to the aesthetic and institutional conditions imposed by Napoleon. Katherine Astbury’s most recent publications include the monograph Narrative Responses to the Trauma of the French Revolution (Oxford, Legenda, 2012), and two articles on Pixerécourt, Les mélodrames de Pixerécourt avant 1807, European Drama and Performance Studies 1 (2013), pp. 89-107 and ‘Music in Pixerécourt’s early melodramas’, in Melodramatic Voices: Understanding Music Drama, ed. by Sarah Hibberd (Ashgate), 2011. She has also published on many of the key writers of the 2nd half of the 18th century including Marmontel, Voltaire, Sade, Mme Riccoboni, Mercier, Beaumarchais, Charrière.

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