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In Anthony Minghella’s celebrated 2005 production of Madam Butterfly, three white men manipulate the small, fragile body of Sorrow (Cio-Cio-San/Butterfly’s child), and, in a dream sequence, Cio-Cio-San herself–this paper explores how the production uses puppetry to represent the racialized Other, and how this might subvert, reinforce, or make visible Orientalist views of the East within the source text.
University Of Connecticut
puppet, representation, race and ethnicity, opera, theater
Arts and Humanities | Asian American Studies | Ethnic Studies | Other Theatre and Performance Studies | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Theatre and Performance Studies
Poster-Su, Tobi, "A Real American Wife, A Japanese Object: Puppetry and the Orient in Minghella’s Madam Butterfly" (2023). Representing Alterity through Puppetry and Performing Objects. Edited by John Bell, Matthew Isaac Cohen, and Jungmin Song.