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The Fate of Carmen

The Fate of Carmen

"[The] ongoing proliferation of new versions of Carmen presents an ideal opportunity to study relationships between literature and the performing arts. The Fate of Carmen investigates these relationships, exploring in particular how and why certain literary texts appear to renew their own textual practices in modes of expression which are not uniquely verbal"—from the Introduction

Beginning with Prosper Merimee's 1845 novella, Carmen has been the subject of countless portrayals—from Bizet's 1874 opera, to various dramatic, dance, and musical renditions, to the films of De Mille, Chaplin, Lubitsch, the Marx Brothers, Preminger, Brooks, Godard, Rossi, and Saura. In The Fate of Carmen, Evlyn Gould offers a comparative study of the power and variability of this modern myth through readings that examine the cultural dilemmas posed by the story. Exploring a range of competing representations, Gould asks whether Carmen is a dangerous femme fatale, a liberated woman, or, as Nietzsche saw her, a warrior in the vanguard of the battle between the sexes.