Title

Societal Power Struggles Represented in 'M. Butterfly'

Faculty Mentor(s)

Tanya Bennett

Campus

Dahlonega

Proposal Type

Poster

Subject Area

Literature

Location

Library Third Floor, Open Area

Start Date

2-4-2014 11:00 AM

End Date

2-4-2014 1:00 PM

Description/Abstract

Literature can often act as fictional case studies through which to analyze historical events. One such piece is David Henry Hwang’s play, M. Butterfly. Hwang’s work explores the power struggle between Eastern and Western governments and ideologies through the relationship between the mysterious and beautiful Song Liling and the French diplomat, Rene Gallimard. Hwang creates a convoluted relationship that pushes this struggle to a climax and by reversing traditional gender roles, challenges preconceived notions of these roles in the context of Western and Eastern cultures.

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Apr 2nd, 11:00 AM Apr 2nd, 1:00 PM

Societal Power Struggles Represented in 'M. Butterfly'

Library Third Floor, Open Area

Literature can often act as fictional case studies through which to analyze historical events. One such piece is David Henry Hwang’s play, M. Butterfly. Hwang’s work explores the power struggle between Eastern and Western governments and ideologies through the relationship between the mysterious and beautiful Song Liling and the French diplomat, Rene Gallimard. Hwang creates a convoluted relationship that pushes this struggle to a climax and by reversing traditional gender roles, challenges preconceived notions of these roles in the context of Western and Eastern cultures.