Date of Award

5-20-2006

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

Department

Liberal Studies

First Reader

Isabel Brown

Second Reader

Marc André Wiesmann

Abstract

This paper will posit the idea that, while nineteenth century ballet purported to tum away from the mythological librettos that had graced the ballet stages of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, they actually maintained ties to their mythological heritage. After a brief review of a few pertinent classical Greek myths, we will look at two ballets from the early Romantic period: La Sylphide and Giselle, and finish with two from the late nineteenth century: Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake to discover what ties they retain to mythology.

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