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    Symbolism at war: Charles Ricketts and the politics of the stage

    Parejo Vadillo, Ana (2021) Symbolism at war: Charles Ricketts and the politics of the stage. Journal of European Studies 51 (3-4), pp. 318-336. ISSN 0047-2441.

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    This essay considers the effect of World War I on Charles Ricketts’ work for the stage as an avant-garde set and costume designer. It looks at his cosmopolitan designs in the context of European symbolism. The first part of the essay focuses on Ricketts’ symbolist manifesto ‘The Art of Stage Decoration’ (1913). The essay then examines his designs for three Shakespearean plays that toured Le Havre in 1918 to entertain the troops. I argue that, in the aftermath of the war, Rickett’s symbolism became the lens through which he assessed the complex political landscape of the 1920s. I suggest that his stance against realism politicised his practice and explains his interest in Mussolini’s fascism.


    Item Type: Article
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    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Ana Parejo-Vadillo
    Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2021 11:46
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:51


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