Beginning with a study of M'erim'ee's story of Carmen by Peter Robinson and an examination of the social tensions in nineteenth-century France, this analysis traces the opera through its genesis and reception.
Table of ContentsList of illustrations; Acknowledgments; 1. Mérimée's 'Carmen' Peter Robinson; 2. The genesis of Bizet's Carmen; 3. Images of race, class and gender in nineteenth-century French culture; 4. The musical languages of Carmen; 5. Synopsis and analysis; 6. The reception of Carmen; 7. Carmen on film; Notes; Bibliography; Index.