The tale of the serial wife-murderer Bluebeard, his defiant, and surviving, final wife,_x000D_
a bloodied key and a secret chamber of horrors, has fascinated writers, composers,_x000D_
artists and film-makers throughout modern times. It is a unique story that dares to_x000D_
disclose and explore masculine violence: the homme fatal._x000D_
This transdisciplinary work identifies the deep appeal of the Bluebeard story for_x000D_
twentieth-century culture. Its major focus is on how the modernist imagination used_x000D_
the elements of Bluebeard’s tale to explore masculinity’s anxieties in the face of the_x000D_
emerging demands of women for redefinition and sexual equality, as well as_x000D_
anxieties of ethnic and cultural difference. It also examines fundamental disquiet_x000D_
about sexuality, pathology and violence in the masculine._x000D_
With chapters by Maria Tatar, Elisabeth Bronfen, Mererid Puw Davies, Ian Christie,_x000D_
David Cooper, Michael Hiltbrunner and the editors, the volume undertakes cultural,_x000D_
contextual and musicological analyses of Bartók’s opera Duke Bluebeard’s Castle,_x000D_
tracing Bluebeard’s evolution from Perrault in the seventeenth century to the_x000D_
cinematic hommes fatals of Méliès, Fritz Lang and Hitchcock. The result is an_x000D_
intriguing kaleidoscope of sexuality, curiosity, violence and death._x000D_
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ISBN: 9780857710963
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