Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
BluebeardA Reader's Guide to the English Tradition$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Casie E. Hermansson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732306

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732306.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Mississippi SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mississippi.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Mississippi, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSSO for personal use.date: 29 March 2020

Bluebeard in Crisis

Bluebeard in Crisis

Chapter:
(p.129) Chapter 8 Bluebeard in Crisis
Source:
Bluebeard
Author(s):

Casie E. Hermansson

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604732306.003.0008

A number of pantomime renditions of Charles Perrault’s French fairy tale, “Bluebeard,” appeared at the advent of the twentieth century, including the Klaw and Erlanger burlesque Mr. Bluebeard (Solomon [ca.1903]). In addition, a slew of notable Bluebeard works that all problematize and challenge the traditional expressions of the Bluebeard story emerged. Georges Méliès’ film Barbe-bleue (1901); Maurice Maeterlinck’s play Ariadne et Barbe-bleue (Ariadne and Bluebeard 1901), an opera composed by Paul Dukas (1907); Béla Balázs’ psychological drama A kékszakállú herceg vára (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle 1907), an opera by Béla Bartók (1912); and Anatole France’s story “Les Sept Femmes de la Barbe Bleue” (“The Seven Wives of Bluebeard,” 1909). This chapter examines these works and their impact on the English modernist expression of the Bluebeard tale. In particular, it considers how the English and American modernists, including Sylvia Townsend Warner and Eudora Welty, and Hollywood films responded to them. The chapter also looks at the revival of interest in Gilles de Rais in the late nineteenth century, and how it led to the humanization of Bluebeard.

Keywords:   Charles Perrault, fairy tale, Bluebeard, Maurice Maeterlinck, opera, drama, Béla Bartók, Anatole France, Gilles de Rais

University Press of Mississippi requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.