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Operetta as Social Document (1905)

Neil Gould

in Victor Herbert

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228713
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241798 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823228713.003.0012
Operetta as Social Document (1905)

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This chapter provides in-depth analysis is provided about Mlle. Modiste. The plot is about a shop girl who dreams of something more—a career in the opera. Beneath the fluff and furbelow, the work had a serious subtext: the position of women in contemporary society. Under another lens, Mlle. Modiste is the forerunner of Show Boat, with the latter's focus on problems of miscegenation and racial inequalities.

Keywords: Mlle. Modiste; musical; Paris; women's studies

Chapter.  8807 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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