Peter Grimes

Willard Spiegelman

in Imaginative Transcripts

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780195368130
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852192 | DOI:
Peter Grimes

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This chapter criticizes English composer Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes. It examines how audiences viewed and partly misunderstood the character of Peter Grimes and discusses the problems concerning the recreation of a literary character in another medium and the dilemma of making retrospective connections along a literary lineage. It suggests that Peter Grimes' embedding of his identity in the life of the community is similar to Britten's own communal life which demonstrates a commitment to the social relationships upon which all identity depends.

Keywords: opera; Peter Grimes; Benjamin Britten; literary character; communal life; identity

Chapter.  8080 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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