From psychopathology to diabolical evil: Dr Jekyll, Mr Hyde and Jean Renoir

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Abstract:

Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde can be regarded as a reflection on the nature of evil seen through the lens of late-nineteenth-century medical discourse. When Jean Renoir made his film version of Stevenson's story under the title Le Testament du docteur Cordelier (1959), the context had changed radically. After the traumas of European Fascism and the Second World War, Renoir's film re-fashions the story of Jekyll and Hyde for a post-Holocaust audience. It eschews psychopathology and explains evil as the free choice of a rational subject who is disturbingly in tune with the contemporary world.

Keywords: ADAPTATION; DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE; EVIL; JEAN RENOIR; MULTIPLE PERSONALITY; ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/jrs.2012.120102

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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