So I hid out at home today, alternately reading through the articles on the tableau vivant that I’d gathered yesterday and compiling a massive bibliography of more things to track down. I need stuff on the tableau as well as on the painters whose works were staged (Knud Bergslien, Adolph Tidemand and Hans Gude), on the Danish tableau performer Ida Brun, on Henrik Ibsen, on Andreas Munch, and on myriad other tangentially related things from the period 1848-1859. Right now it’s all a big jumble. I’m going to make library runs at the National Library and the main UiO library tomorrow. I’m pretty sure this project is going to need  a binder to compile everything in.

What I read:

  • Barrow, Rosemary. “Toga Plays and Tableaux Vivants: Theatre and Painting on London’s Late-Victorian and Edwardian Popular Stage.” Theatre Journal 62.2 (2010): 209-226
  • Chapman, Mary Megan. “Living Pictures: Women and Tableaux Vivants in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction and Culture.” Wide Angle 18.3 (1996): 22-52
  • the tableau vivant chapter in Holmström, Kirsten Gram. Monodrama, Attitudes, Tableaux Vivants: Studies on Some Trends of Theatrical Fashion 1770-1815. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell, 1967.
  • McIsaac, Peter. “Rethinking Tableaux Vivants and Triviality in the Writings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Johanna Schopenhauer, and Fanny Lewald.” Monatshefte 99.2 (2007): 152-176

All of these were super interesting and helpful. A picture of how the Norwegian material relates is starting to form, though I still don’t know nearly enough.



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