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Modernist Mysteries: Perséphone

Tamara Levitz


This book presents a microhistorical analysis of the premiere of the melodrama Perséphone at the Paris Opéra on 30 April 1934. The book engages deeply with the collaborative, transnational nature of this production, critically interpreting the contributions of the writer André Gide and stage director Jacques Copeau, the two Russians, Igor Stravinsky and the dancer Ida Rubinstein, and the German choreographer Kurt Jooss. Meaning reveals itself in theatrical aporias that emerge from the collaborators’ responses to the myth of Persephone’s central themes of faith, love, and hope. Part 1 of the bo ... More

Keywords: Igor Stravinsky, Igor, André Gide, Jacques Copeau, Ida Rubinstein, neoclassicism, Walter Benjamin, Persephone, transnational, melancholia, Sapphic modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199730162
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730162.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tamara Levitz, author