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By Jonathan Wisenthal et al. (eds.)

ISBN-10: 0802088015

ISBN-13: 9780802088017

Best referred to as the tale from the 1904 Puccini opera, the compelling smooth delusion of Madame Butterfly has been learn, watched, and re-interpreted for over a century, from Pierre Loti's 1887 novel Madame Chrysanthème to A.R. Gurney's 1999 play Far East. This attention-grabbing collaborative quantity examines the Madame Butterfly narrative in a large choice of cultural contexts - literary, musical, theatrical, cinematic, historic, and political - and in quite a few media - opera, drama, movie, and prose narratives - and contains contributions from quite a lot of educational disciplines, corresponding to Asian reports, English Literature, Theatre, Musicology, and picture Studies.

From its unique colonial beginnings, the Butterfly tale has been became approximately and inverted in recent times to shed gentle again at the nature of the connection among East and West, final renowned in its unique model in addition to in retellings reminiscent of David Henry Hwang's play M. Butterfly and David Cronenberg's display edition. The mixed views that consequence from this collaboration offer new and demanding insights into the robust, resonant fantasy of a painful come across among East and West.

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Top often called the tale from the 1904 Puccini opera, the compelling sleek fantasy of Madame Butterfly has been learn, watched, and re-interpreted for over a century, from Pierre Loti's 1887 novel Madame Chrysanthème to A. R. Gurney's 1999 play a long way East. This attention-grabbing collaborative quantity examines the Madame Butterfly narrative in a large choice of cultural contexts - literary, musical, theatrical, cinematic, ancient, and political - and in a number of media - opera, drama, movie, and prose narratives - and comprises contributions from quite a lot of educational disciplines, resembling Asian stories, English Literature, Theatre, Musicology, and movie stories.

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Yet, I felt convinced that the libretto would include yet another lotus blossom pining away for a cruel Caucasian man, and dying for her love. Such a story has become too much of a cliché not to be included in the archetypal East-West romance that started it all. Sure enough, when I purchased the record, I discovered it contained a wealth of sexist and racist clichés, reaffirming my faith in Western culture. ([1989] 95) Those who know Hwang’s play only from the film version by Cronenberg may not know the extent to which he draws on Puccini’s music to unmask itself.

Such a story has become too much of a cliché not to be included in the archetypal East-West romance that started it all. Sure enough, when I purchased the record, I discovered it contained a wealth of sexist and racist clichés, reaffirming my faith in Western culture. ([1989] 95) Those who know Hwang’s play only from the film version by Cronenberg may not know the extent to which he draws on Puccini’s music to unmask itself. All the highlights of the opera appear: ‘Un bel dì,’ the death scene, the jingoistic duet between Pinkerton and Sharpless, but most of all the love duet, which occurs no fewer than five times – including the occasion of Gallimard’s own suicide.

Indeed, the pleasures of Madama Butterfly largely derive from this music, which delivers larger-than-life representations of emotions many of us think we harbour within us, regardless of the social constraints that require us to keep them tucked away out of sight. It is this music that produces the goose bumps, sometimes even in the most unwilling of listeners. Cio-Cio-San starts high in her register, accompanied primarily by solo violin, harp, and clarinet, which double her melody rather than offering the dialectical support a bass line would grant.

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