100 Years of Butterfly

Allan Isaac (American Studies)

The “Butterfly” story of a self-sacrificing Asian woman has been told and retold for more than a hundred years. This seminar will trace the evolution and challenges to the Butterfly narrative, from John Luther Long’s short story (1898) and Puccini’s opera (1904) to M Butterfly (1988) and Miss Saigon (1989), to look at issues of race, empire, gender, and sexuality.