Biblical Interpretation 15 (2007) 405-427 www.brill.nl/bi Biblical Interpretation orn © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156851507X194224 Eroticism, Death and Redemption: e Operatic Construct of the Biblical Femme Fatale Peter McGrail Liverpool Hope University Abstract is article explores the themes of eroticism, death and redemption as seen in the world of opera, through a particular lens. is lens is the construct of the femme fatale as drawn from the particular world of the Bible. is construct is of course largely the product of the composer’s and/or librettist’s own social, religious, political and philo- sophical world view; where the origin of the construct is a biblical narrative, a high degree of elaboration is always required, since the psychology and motivation of women in the Bible is particularly under-developed. e article ﬁrst surveys the ter- rain—surprisingly limited to six chief operas, which together treat only four biblical subjects. e ﬁrst of the operas, Verdi’s early work Nabucco , is analysed in terms of the depiction of its—totally invented— femme fatale , a ﬁctitious daughter Abigaille given to King Nebuccadnezzar. e development of the concept of femme fatale is then traced until it reaches its apotheiosis with the extraordinary character of
Biblical Interpretation – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
Keywords: KUNDRY; PARSIFAL; FEMME FATALE; OPERA; BIBLE; WAGNER
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera