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Evlyn Gould's book has the singular originality of both drawing attention to and offering an interesting interpretation of the high degree of ambivalence in the Carmen material (a set of mythemes that approaches the Faust and the Don Juan material in importance). The figure of Carmen stands for a dangerous femininity or cultural otherness that exerts a fatal attraction on masculine figures of order and authority. More recently, she has be understood from a feminist perspective as an inspiring figure of revolt and freedom. Gould's merit is to show the sense in which each of these readings is simultaneously correct—and partial. This book is an important one, both for its enrichment of the concept of oppositionality and oppositional narrative, and for the contribution it makes to Carmen studies.
— Ross Chambers, University of Michigan