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Title: Gender and Orientalism From Puccini's Madame Butterfly 10 Hwang'S and Cronenberg's M. Butterfly
Authors: Nurulhady, Eta Farmacelia
Keywords: gender;orientalism;western rape mentality
Issue Date: Nov-2013
Publisher: Faculty Language and Literature of Satya Wacana Christian University - Widya Sari Press
Abstract: Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly pictures a Japanese woman sacrificing her life for her American husband who abandons her. Hwang deconstructs Madame Butterfly in his play M Butterfly, in which Gallimard, a French diplomat has a relationship with Song Liling, a Chinese opera singer who turns out to be a man and a spy. The play is adapted into a movie directed by Cronenberg. This study aims to analyze gender and orientalism in Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Hwang's play M. Butterfly, and Cronenberg's movie M. Butterfly. Madame Butterfly presents the submissive oriental woman and dominant western man. Hwang's M Butterfly reverses the gender relation, having the French diplomat commit suicide claiming to be Madame Butterfly. In court, Song explains what makes the 20 year mistaken gender identity possible is what he calls “Western rape mentality towards the East”. Not interested in the political subject of the play, Cronenberg's M Butterfly emphasizes on the story of the couple: the desire and capacity for physical and mental transformation in their relationship. Puccini's Madame Butterfly strengthens the notion of orientalism. Hwang's and Cronenberg's M Butterfly challenge the binary opposition between the West and the East,destabilize the link between biological sex and gender, and maintain the ambiguity of gender
Description: The 7th International Seminar 2013 “Language Policy and Planning: What are the Issues?” Salatiga, November 20 – 21, 2013 ; p. 143 – 153
ISBN: 978-979-1098-46-3
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