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Benoît Bolduc

Associate Professor of French ; Director, NYU Paris

Ph.D., Montréal.

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13 University Pl, Rm 603 New York, NY 10003




As a specialist of early-modern literature, I have researched and published on French and Italian court spectacles, theatre, and ceremonies of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. My first two books about the stage adaptations of the myth of Perseus and Andromeda demonstrate the ways in which playwrights and libret¬tists of the seventeenth century negotiated between poetics and the necessities of the stage, between encomium and commercial strategies. This perception of theatre as a com¬¬plex cultural phenomenon continues to animate my work and raises fundamental ques¬¬tions regarding the creation of festivals, theatre, and opera of the Ancien Regime. It also permits me to open up questions about the status of the documents on which theatre and festival historians base their research. This last topic was the object of a special issue of Texte, a journal of literary theory and criticism, devoted to the subject of “Texte et repré¬sentation: les arts du spectacle (XVIe-XVIIIe siècles),” which I edited. My latest book, entitled La fête imprimée, cérémonies et spectacles princiers à Paris (1549-1662), will soon come out at Classiques Garnier in the collection “Lire le XVIIe siècle.” This study offers the first comprehensive examination of French festival books focussing on their specific charge: to give shape, order and meaning to spectacles and ceremonies. Exploring issues related to print culture and the history of reading practices, it shows how they are in fact the result of an assemblage of various textual and iconographical sources meant to invite the reader to create an idea, more than an image, of the actual festivals.


Visiting Fellow, New College, Oxford; Visiting Scholar, Institut Nationale d’Histoire de l’Art, Research Associate, Centre Canadien d’Architecture, Montréal. Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal; Grant from the Major Collaborative Research Initiatives Program (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada).

Concordia Discors. Choix de communications présentées lors du 41e congrès annuel de la North American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature, Tübingen, Günter Narr, 2011. Two volumes co-edited with H. Goldwyn.

Texte et représentation: les arts du spectacle (XVIe s.–XVIIIe s.) (Texte, 33/34, 2003).

Andromède au rocher. Fortune théâtrale d'une image en France et en Italie (1587- 1712) (Olschki, 2002).

Andromède délivrée (Biblio 17, 1992).

“Collation, manducation et destruction dans les fêtes de Versailles,” in R. Lalande (ed.), Nourritures, Paris-Seattle-Tübingen, Bilbio 17, 2010, pp. 31-42.

Mirame, fête théâtrale dans un fauteuil,” Revue d’Histoire du Théâtre, 245-246 (2010-1/2), pp. 159-172.

“Stefano della Bella, graveur des Nozze degli dei (1637) et de Mirame (1641),” in M. Bayard (ed.), Rome-Paris, 1640. Transferts culturels et renaissance d’une école artistique, Rome, Académie de France à Rome, 2010, pp. 481-507.

In fvmo dare lvcem : Les Triomphes faictz a l'entrée du Roy a Chenonceau (1560),” French Royal Entries in the Sixteenth Century: Event, Image, Text (Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2007).

From Marvel to Camp: Medusa for the Twenty-first Century,” Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, 10, 1, April 2005.

“Une tragédie de Corneille au service de la ‘riforma melodrammatica': le Perseo de P.I. Martello,” Studi Secenteschi, 34, 1993.

Updated on 09/01/2015