The Grand-Guignol: Aspects of Theory and Practice

Hand, Richard and Wilson, Michael (2000) The Grand-Guignol: Aspects of Theory and Practice. Theatre Research International, 25 (3). pp. 266-275. ISSN 0307-8833

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Abstract

The Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Paris (1897–1962) achieved a legendary reputation as the ‘Theatre of Horror’, a venue displaying such explicit violence and blood-curdling terror that a resident doctor was employed to treat the numerous spectators who fainted each night. Indeed, the phrase ‘grand-guignolesque’ has entered the language to describe any display of heightened, remorseless horror. Such is the myth of the Grand-Guignol: the reality is subtler and far more complex.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 01:46
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 00:35
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/62753
DOI: 10.1017/S0307883300019726

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