By Victoria Anderson, Griselda Pollock
The story of the serial wife-murderer Bluebeard, his defiant, and surviving, ultimate spouse, a bloodied key and a mystery chamber of horrors, has interested writers, composers, artists and film-makers all through smooth occasions. it's a special tale that dares to reveal and discover masculine violence: the homme fatal.This transdisciplinary publication explores the deep charm of the Bluebeard tale for twentieth-century tradition. Its significant concentration is how the modernist mind's eye used the weather of Bluebeard’s story to discover masculinity’s anxieties within the face of the rising calls for of girls for redefinition and sexual equality: anxieties additionally of ethnic and cultural distinction, and primary disquiet approximately sexuality, pathology and violence within the masculine.Starting with investigations into Bartók’s opera 'Duke Bluebeard’s Castle', significant cultural thinkers, together with Elisabeth Bronfen, Ian Christie, Griselda Pollock and Maria Tatar, hint Bluebeard’s evolution from Perrault within the 17th century to the cinematic hommes fatals of Méliès, Fritz Lang and Hitchcock. the result's an fascinating kaleidoscope of sexuality, interest, violence and loss of life.
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As Celia does her Freudian detective work in Secret beyond the Door, she is ever more aware of the risks to which she is exposing herself, yet she perseveres. Like Dr Petersen, the ‘love-smitten analyst playing a dream detective’ in Hitchcock’s Spellbound, Celia must unlock the door to a childhood memory and show how it is the source of the hero’s psychosis. The epigraph to Spellbound reveals just how intimately the knowledge system of psychoanalysis is linked to a mythic discourse connected with the stories of Bluebeard’s wife and of Pandora.
9 Once Celia opens the door to room number seven, she possesses knowledge of her husband’s murderous intent and lives in perpetual fear that Mark will turn on her. When it appears that Mark has indeed made his homicidal move, his voice takes over, relating the events that lead to the avoidance of tragedy and to the installation of a postnuptial happily-ever-after ending. Operating as an expert detective, Celia, like Alicia, secures a key to the forbidden chamber in her marital home. Armed with a ﬂashlight and key, she enters the secret space constructed by her architect husband.
On his return the husband sees that she has entered the room and so kills her for her disobedience. In these stories this is the fate that befalls the ﬁrst two abducted sisters, but the third sister shows more cunning by hiding the magical object before she opens the door. The object is thus unmarked, and on his return the husband sees that she has passed the ultimate test and as a result loses all his magical power. He is then in her thrall and must do as she bids, and the denouement sees her magically revive her dead sisters and kill their assailant.