Christian Biet

Professor of Theater Studies
Paris West University Nanterre La Défense

Christian Biet is Professor of the History and Aesthetics of Theater at Paris Ouest University Nanterre La Défense; a member of the Institut Universitaire de France; a regular Visiting Professor at New York University; a member of the editorial committee of the French theatrical reviews Théâtre/Public and Littératures classiques; and the head of the Comédie-Française Registers Project (CFRP) – a collaboration between Paris University-West Nanterre, MIT, Harvard University, and la Comédie-Française.

A specialist of French and English Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century theater, he has written extensively on the culture, literature, theater and law of the Early Modern period.

Most recently, he is the author of Qu’est-ce que le théâtre ? (with Ch. Triau, Gallimard, 2006), Théâtre de la cruauté et récits sanglants (France XVIe-XVIIe siècle) (Laffont, 2006), Tragédies et récits de martyres (France, fin XVIe-début XVIIe siècle) (Garnier, 2009), and Le Théâtre du XVIIe siècle (L’Avant-Scène, 2009).

In his recent work Professor Biet explores the way theater and the event of theater, spectator included, have been ruled during the early modern period and is ruled today.