Opera, Or, The Undoing of Women

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U of Minnesota Press, 1988 - Music - 201 pages
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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Contents

Prelude
3
Prima Donnas or the Circus of Women
24
Dead Women
43
Family Affairs or the Parents Terribles
60
The Girls Who Leap into Space
78
Furies and Gods or Wanings of the Moon
96
Madmen Negroes Jesters or the Heroes of Deception
118
The Tetralogic of the Ring or the Daughter Done for
137
Finale In Praise of Paganism
173
Notes
185
Bibliography
191
Index
197
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