Opera, Or, The Undoing of Women
Catherine Clement analyzes the plots of over thirty prominent operas -- Otello and Siegfried to Madame Butterfly and Magic Flute -- through the lenses of feminism and literary theory to unveil the negative messages about women in stories familiar to every opera listener.
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Prima Donnas or the Circus of Women
Family Affairs or the Parents Terribles
The Girls Who Leap into Space
Furies and Gods or Wanings of the Moon
Madmen Negroes Jesters or the Heroes of Deception
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