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Dying for art : Michael Powell's journey towards Duke Bluebeard's castle and the filmis art-work of the future

Christie, Ian (2009) Dying for art : Michael Powell's journey towards Duke Bluebeard's castle and the filmis art-work of the future. In: Pollock, G. and Anderson, V. (eds.) Bluebeard's Legacy - Death and Secrets from Bartok to Hitchcock. London, UK: I.B. Tauris, pp. 175-200. ISBN 9781845116323.

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Abstract

The tale of the serial wife-murderer Bluebeard, his defiant, and surviving, final wife, a bloodied key and a secret chamber of horrors, has fascinated writers, composers, artists and film-makers throughout modern times. It is a unique story that dares to disclose and explore masculine violence: the homme fatal. This transdisciplinary book explores the deep appeal of the Bluebeard story for twentieth-century culture. Its major focus is how the modernist imagination used the elements of Bluebearda??s tale to explore masculinitya??s anxieties in the face of the emerging demands of women for redefinition and sexual equality: anxieties also of ethnic and cultural difference, and fundamental disquiet about sexuality, pathology and violence in the masculine. With chapters by Maria Tatar, Elisabeth Bronfen, Mererid Puw Davies, Ian Christie, David Cooper, Michael Hiltbrunner and the editors, the volume undertakes cultural, contextual and musicological analyses of Bartoka??s opera 'Duke Bluebearda??s Castle', tracing Bluebearda??s evolution from Perrault in the seventeenth century to the cinematic hommes fatals of Melies, Fritz Lang and Hitchcock. The result is an intriguing kaleidoscope of sexuality, curiosity, violence and death.

Item Type: Book Section
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > Film, Media and Cultural Studies
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2011 14:55
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 10:54
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/1711

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