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"China" as theatrical locus


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This study indicates that the monarchs played an important part in organizing such activities, augmenting the resources at the Swedish court with a court kapell, a French theatrical troupe, and an Italian opera company, as well as by building a Chinese pavilion and various theatres at Drottningholm. Moreover, the study suggests that the queen, who was actively involved in the organization of festivities, including the choice of repertoire, used such occasions to express not only her interest in China but also her dissatisfaction with the political situation in Sweden. She also tried to influence and educate her children by these performances, whose allegorical import was far from obscure. The study pursues the vogue for chinoiserie to the reign of Gustaf III and notes its recurrence in recent times. The dissertation includes a comprehensive bibliography and extensive footnotes that suggest further research possibilities.