Madame Butterfly: Japonisme, Puccini, & the Search for the Real Cho-Cho-San

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Stone Bridge Press, Inc., 2001 - History - 191 pages
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Long before Puccini wrote his masterpiece, the tale of the poor Japanese girl abandoned by her foreign lover had been taken up by numerous Western writers as part of the wave of Japonisme in late-19th-century Europe. But was there a "real" Madame Butterfly? Following the tragic trail back to its roots in Nagasaki, Jan van Rij believes he's found the answer. Opera lovers will delight in the revelation, and learn not only about the cultural forces and personal fixations that inspired this popular work but why many Japanese remain unconvinced.

A long-time opera buff, Jan van Rij served as an E.U. diplomat in Japan, highly regarded for his intimate understanding of Japanese-European relations.
  

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Contents

Preface
9
Pierre Loti
25
Japonisme
36
Evolution of the Story
73
The Making of an Opera
79
RealLife Models III
112
Madama Butterfly in Japan
139
Afterword
152
Chronology
162
Notes
169
Bibliography
182
Index of Personal Names
188
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