Opera, Liberalism and Antisemitism In Nineteenth-Century France (Cambridge Studies in Opera Series): The Politics of Halevy's La Juive

Opera, Liberalism and Antisemitism In Nineteenth-Century France (Cambridge Studies in Opera Series): The Politics of Halevy's La Juive

by Diana R. Hallman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521650860

ISBN-13: 9780521650861

Pub. Date: 10/01/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first critical study of the nineteenth-century French grand opera La Juive (Paris Opera, 1835) a powerful and successful work by the leading dramatist and librettist, Eugene Scribe, and conservatoire-trained composer, Fromental Halévy. Hallman explores the politically charged messages of the opera within the context of French social and cultural

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This is the first critical study of the nineteenth-century French grand opera La Juive (Paris Opera, 1835) a powerful and successful work by the leading dramatist and librettist, Eugene Scribe, and conservatoire-trained composer, Fromental Halévy. Hallman explores the politically charged messages of the opera within the context of French social and cultural history. The book addresses the opera's portrayal of religious intolerance, Jewish-Christian conflict, and also considers the portrayal of the central Jewish characters in light of literary stereotypes and contradictory, antisemitic attitudes toward Jews in French society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521650861
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Opera Series
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The collaboration and rapprochement of the authors of La Juive; 2. The Halévys: citoyens and israélites of France; 3. The Council of Constance and the Voltairean critique; 4. Jewish-Christian opposition in music and drama; 5. Eléazar and Rachel as literary stereotypes; 6. The milieu of La Juive: Jewish imagery and identity in the July Monarchy; Epilogue; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.

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