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Title: Emancipating Madame Butterfly : intention and process in adapting and queering a text
Author: Bamford, Nick
ISNI:       0000 0004 5993 1053
Awarding Body: Bournemouth University
Current Institution: Bournemouth University
Date of Award: 2016
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I have long had an interest in reworking iconic love stories from the romantic world of opera into contemporary, gay contexts, with the intention of demonstrating the similarities as well as the differences between homosexual and heterosexual relationships. I have not been satisfied with my attempts thus far, and so, as I adapt the story made famous by Puccini in Madama Butterfly, I want to readdress and to improve my practice to ensure that the resulting screenplay speaks authentically to a 21st century audience whilst still echoing its forebear. Using this creative practice, this PhD extends into the process of adaptation Dallas J. Baker’s (2011) concept of ‘queered practice-­‐led research’. It begins with an historical case-­‐study of the genealogy of the story that became Madama Butterfly and its descendants, looking for the intentions of the creators of each version. Through this process I seek to identify the essence of the story – its ‘genetic identity’ in terms of both theme and plot – from which I will create my new version. Crucially, the thesis is written from my perspective as a practitioner, and maintains focus on my intention in embarking on the adaptation project. The thesis continues with reflection on my practice in writing the adapted screenplay, exploring the effect of the changes I have made, the most significant being making the central relationship homosexual. It examines how that queering process fundamentally alters the story in far more respects than simply the gender and sexuality of the central characters, and suggests that it liberates the story. In conclusion it reflects on how my research has informed my practice, and my practice my research, and assesses how the additional freedoms afforded by queering the story have liberated it, and have enhanced my practice as a screenwriter.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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