The History of Russian Vaudeville from 1800 to 1850
? There is no significant scholarly work on the history of the Russian
vaudeville. The author of the dissertation makes an attempt to explore the history
of vaudeville in Russia from 1812, when the first original vaudeville was written by
A. Shakhovskoi, to the 1850s, when vaudeville as a genre was finalized as a form
and brought to its classic completion.
Two phases of the history of vaudeville in Russia, aristocratic and
democratic-raznochinnyi, are considered in close connection with the political,
social, and cultural events of Russian society of the time.
The first phase embraces the period from 1812, when the first original
Russian vaudeville was produced in St-Petersburg, to 1825, when tsar Aleksandr
I died and Nicholas I inherited the crown of the Russian empire. The second
phase, democratic-raznochinnyi, includes the years from 1826 until 1855, the
years in which Nicholas I ruled. The division of the history of Russian vaudeville
is made on the assumption that political events in Russian society always have
been closely connected with and often caused changes in its cultural, art, and
literary life. Vaudevillists such as A. Shakhovskoi, N. Khmelnitskii, A. Griboedov,
and A. Pisarev present the first phase. F. Koni, P. Karatygin, and N. Nekrasov
familiarize the reader with the second phase. The author of this dissertation
analyzes the most exemplary works of each of the aforementioned authors.
For better understanding the peculiarities of the development of vaudeville
in Russia, the dissertation also presents a broad socio-cultural background of the
first half of the nineteenth century and shows how theatre in general, and
vaudeville in particular, mirrored the changes of the socio-cultural life of the nation
in their own way.
Advisor:Les Wade; Leigh Ann Clemons; Thomas C. Owen; Gerilyn Tandberg; Femi Euba
School:Louisiana State University in Shreveport
School Location:USA - Louisiana
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:01/30/2003