M  Butterfly Book
Score: 4
From 11 Ratings

M Butterfly


  • Author : David Henry Hwang
  • Publisher : Dramatists Play Service Inc
  • Release Date : 1988
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 93
  • ISBN 10 : 0822207125

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M Butterfly Excerpt :

THE STORY: Bored with his routine posting in Beijing, and awkward with women, Rene Gallimard, a French diplomat, is easy prey for the subtle, delicate charms of Song Liling, a Chinese opera star who personifies Gallimard's fantasy vision of submiss

M  Butterfly Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

M Butterfly


  • Author : David Henry Hwang
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 1993-10-01
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101077030

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M Butterfly Excerpt :

David Henry Hwang’s beautiful, heartrending play featuring an afterword by the author – winner of a 1988 Tony Award for Best Play and nominated for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize Based on a true story that stunned the world, M. Butterfly opens in the cramped prison cell where diplomat Rene Gallimard is being held captive by the French government—and by his own illusions. In the darkness of his cell he recalls a time when desire seemed to give him wings. A time when Song Liling, the beautiful Chinese diva, touched him with a love as vivid, as seductive—and as elusive—as a butterfly. How could he have known, then, that his ideal woman was, in fact, a spy for the Chinese government—and a man disguised as a woman? In a series of flashbacks, the diplomat relives the twenty-year affair from the temptation to the seduction, from its consummation to the scandal that ultimately consumed them both. But in the end, there remains only one truth: Whether or not Gallimard's passion was a flight of fancy, it sparked the most vigorous emotions of his life. Only in real life could love become so unreal. And only in such a dramatic tour de force do we learn how a fantasy can become a man's mistress—as well as his jailer. M. Butterfly is one of the most compelling, explosive, and slyly humorous dramas ever to light the Broadway stage, a work of unrivaled brilliance, illuminating the conflict between men and women, the differences between East and West, racial stereotypes—and the shadows we cast around our most cherished illusions. M. Butterfly remains one of the most influential romantic plays of contemporary literature, and in 1993 was made into a film by David Cronenberg starring Jeremy Irons and John Lone.

M  Butterfly Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

M Butterfly


  • Author : David Henry Hwang
  • Publisher : Plume
  • Release Date : 1993-10-01
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 116
  • ISBN 10 : 0452272599

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Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and soon to be back on Broadway in a revival directed by the Lion King's Julie Taymor, starring Clive Owen "A brilliant play of ideas… a visionary work that bridges the history and culture of two worlds."—Frank Rich, New York Times Based on a true story that stunned the world, and inspired by Giacomo Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly, M. Butterfly was an immediate sensation when it premiered in 1988. It opens in the cramped prison cell where diplomat Rene Gallimard is being held captive by the French government—and by his own illusions. He recalls a time when Song Liling, the beautiful Chinese diva, touched him with a love as vivid, as seductive—and as elusive—as a butterfly. How could he have known that his true love was, in fact, a spy for the Chinese government—and a man disguised as a woman? The diplomat relives the twenty-year affair from the temptation to the seduction, from its consummation to the scandal that ultimately consumed them both. M. Butterfly is one of the most compelling, explosive, and slyly humorous dramas ever to light the Broadway stage, a work of unrivaled brilliance, illuminating the conflict between men and women, the differences between East and West, racial stereotypes—and the shadows we cast around our most cherished illusions. The original cast included John Lithgow as Gallimard and BD Wong as Song Liling. During the show's 777-performance run, David Dukes, Anthony Hopkins, Tony Randall, and John Rubinstein were also cast as Gallimard. Hwang adapted the play for a 1993 film directed by David Cronenberg, starring Jeremy Irons and John Lone. TEXT OF THE ORIGINAL BROADWAY PRODUCTION

Madam Butterfly Book

Madam Butterfly


  • Author : Giacomo Puccini
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1906
  • Genre: Electronic books
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105042387808

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Sacred Theatre Book

Sacred Theatre


  • Author : Ralph Yarrow
  • Publisher : Intellect Books
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781841501536

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The contributors awareness of the innate ambiguity of the terms sacred and performance provides an animated discussion of their relationship, including a variety of differing critical responses to an array of plays, texts and performances. The book examines not only the structural understandings and functions of the sacred in theatre, but also experimental and personal experiences. Sacred Theatre examines both theatrical and more multi-disciplinary approaches to the sacred, offering stimulation for discussion within performance and theatre teaching.

The Dance and the Railroad   And  Family Devotions Book

The Dance and the Railroad And Family Devotions


  • Author : David Henry Hwang
  • Publisher : Dramatists Play Service Inc
  • Release Date : 1983-10
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 98
  • ISBN 10 : 0822202654

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THE STORIES: THE DANCE AND THE RAILROAD. While his fellow workers are striking for higher pay, Lone, once an actor in China, exercises and practices alone on a mountaintop the ritual gestures used in Chinese opera. Ma, a slightly younger man, who w

Madama Butterfly Book

Madama Butterfly


  • Author : Giacomo Puccini
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1905
  • Genre: Operas
  • Pages : 72
  • ISBN 10 : UCLA:L0071106181

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Between Image and Identity Book

Between Image and Identity


  • Author : Karina Eileraas
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 177
  • ISBN 10 : 0739118129

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Between Image and Identity Excerpt :

This book addresses the 'autobiographical' literature, visual, and performance art of postcolonial women from Maghreb and Southeast Asia including Leila Sebbar, Assia Djebar, and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. Karina Eileraas critically examines how contemporary postcolonial artists participate in the violence of representation in order to re-imagine the relationship between image and identity.

The Columbia Guide to Asian American Literature Since 1945 Book
Score: 2.5
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The Columbia Guide to Asian American Literature Since 1945


  • Author : Guiyou Huang
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2006-08-08
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 023150103X

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The Columbia Guide to Asian American Literature Since 1945

LIAISON Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

LIAISON


  • Author : Joyce Wadler
  • Publisher : Bantam
  • Release Date : 2011-08-24
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307799173

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LIAISON Excerpt :

“Tragic, operatic, touching, and hilarious . . . Liaison is about romantic love in its purest, craziest form—proof anew that the greatest erogenous zone is the mind.”—Shana Alexander The true story that inspired David Hwang's play “M Butterfly”, about a French diplomat, Bernard Boursicot, posted to Peking, who fell in love with a seductive opera singer, named Shi Pei Pu, apparently unaware that Pei Pu was a man. Their liaison "produced" a son, and led them into espionage and finally to gaol in France. Joyce Wadler spent four years researching the story, and finally persuaded Boursicot to break his silence and explain his side of the story. NOTE: This edition does not include photos.

Black Butterfly Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Black Butterfly


  • Author : Robert M. Drake
  • Publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Release Date : 2016-10-11
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781449485351

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Black Butterfly Excerpt :

This book is a collection of memories and experiences Drake lived after the death of one of his brothers. He promised he would write him a few words after he failed to complete the task while his brother was alive. This book is everything… this book is for all who are breathing and for all who are no longer here. This book is for you.

Ethics After Idealism Book

Ethics After Idealism


  • Author : Anne Firor Scott Prof of Literature in Trinity Clg of Arts/Sciences Rey Chow
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 268
  • ISBN 10 : 0253211557

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Recognizing the necessity for a critique of idealism constitutes for Chow an ethics in the postcolonial, postmodern age. In particular, she uses "ethics" to designate the act of making decisions - in this context, decisions of reading - that may not immediately conform with prevalent social mores of idealizing our others but that, nonetheless, enables such others to emerge in their full complexities.

Asian American Playwrights Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Asian American Playwrights


  • Author : Miles Xian Liu
  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 407
  • ISBN 10 : 0313314551

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Asian American Playwrights Excerpt :

In the late 19th century, Asian American drama made its debut with the spotlight firmly on the lives and struggles of Asians in North America, rather than on the cultures and traditions of the Asian homeland. Today, Asian American playwrights continue to challenge the limitations of established theatrical conventions and direct popular attention toward issues and experiences that might otherwise be ignored or marginalized. This reference highlights the careers and works of 52 American playwrights of origins from India, Pakistan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, and China. Entries are arranged alphabetically and are written by expert contributors. Each entry includes a brief biography, a discussion of major works and themes, a summary of the dramatist's critical reception, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources. The volume closes with a selected, general bibliography, which includes anthologies, critical works, and periodicals.

The Butterfly Book

The Butterfly


  • Author : James Mallahan Cain
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1947
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 165
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015018629421

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A Vision of the Orient Book

A Vision of the Orient


  • Author : J. L. Wisenthal
  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 262
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802088017

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A Vision of the Orient Excerpt :

Best known as the story from the 1904 Puccini opera, the compelling modern myth of Madame Butterfly has been read, watched, and re-interpreted for many years. This volume examines the Madame Butterfly narrative in a variety of cultural contexts - literary, musical, theatrical, cinematic, historical, and political.