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    The fatal attraction of Madame Butterfly

    Segal, Naomi (2015) The fatal attraction of Madame Butterfly. In: Lee, H. and Segal, Naomi (eds.) Opera, Exoticism and Visual Culture. Cultural Interactions: Studies in the Relationship between the Arts 34. Oxford, UK: Peter Lang, pp. 223-242. ISBN 9783035306590.

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    As a uniquely hybrid form of artistic output, straddling music and theatre and high and popular culture, opera offers vast research possibilities not only in the field of music studies but also in the fields of media and cultural studies. Using the exotic legacy of the fin-de-siècle as its primary lens, this volume explores the shifting relationships between the multimedia genre of opera and the rapidly changing world of visual cultures. It also examines the changing aesthetics of opera in composition and performance and historical (dis)continuity, including the postcolonial era. The book comprises eleven interdisciplinary essays by scholars from eight countries, researching in music, theatre, literature, film and media studies, as well as a special contribution by opera director Sir Jonathan Miller. The book begins with an examination of operatic exoticism in various cultural contexts, such as French, Latin American and Arabic culture. The next sections focus on the most beloved figures in opera performance - Salome, Madame Butterfly and Aida - and performances of these operas through history. Further interpretations of the operas in film and new media are then considered. In the final section, Sir Jonathan Miller reflects on the 'afterlife' of opera. © Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers, Bern 2015. All rights reserved.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
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    Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2016 10:02
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:38


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