Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Michele Cabrini

Second Advisor

Dr. Catherine Coppola

Academic Program Adviser

Dr. Poundie Burstein


This thesis examines how French Enlightenment ideologies influence representations of non-European figures in eighteenth-century opera and opera-ballet. The venue of the fair theatre created a space for egalitarian principles to covertly criticize autocratic control as is exemplified in the utopian ideals of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Les Indes galantes.

Included in

Musicology Commons



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