M. Butterfly | Study Guide

Henry David Huang

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Overview

Author

Henry David Huang

First Performed

1988

Type

Play

Genre

Drama

About the Title

M. Butterfly references the famous opera Madama Butterfly (1904) by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924), which tells the story of a Japanese woman who pines after the love of an undeserving American naval officer. M. Butterfly subverts the story with a French diplomat pining after the love of an undeserving Chinese opera singer. Initially, David Henry Hwang had wanted to title the play "Monsieur Butterfly" to reference the subversion, but he settled on M. Butterfly after deciding "Monsieur" was too obvious.

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