Opera: Desire, Disease, Death / Edition 1

Opera: Desire, Disease, Death / Edition 1

by Michael Hutcheon, Linda Hutcheon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803273185

ISBN-13: 9780803273184

Pub. Date: 02/28/1999

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

"A fascinating interdisciplinary study of the interconnected subtexts of erotic attraction, illness, and death in several 19th- and 20th-century operatic texts. . . . This is an extraordinary examination of how opera uses the singing body—gendered and sexual—to give voice to the suffering person. Highly recommended."—Library Journal

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"A fascinating interdisciplinary study of the interconnected subtexts of erotic attraction, illness, and death in several 19th- and 20th-century operatic texts. . . . This is an extraordinary examination of how opera uses the singing body—gendered and sexual—to give voice to the suffering person. Highly recommended."—Library Journal

"The authors’ argument is rich and complex; it draws on source, text and music; it is also medically sound. Opera is quintessentially an art of love and desire, of loss and suffering, of disease and death. Hutcheon and Hutcheon enrich our understanding of both content and context."—Opera News

"Linda and Michael Hutcheon have done a fine job of pulling together medical and literary sources to make sense of the changing depiction of disease in opera. . . . For opera lovers and for anyone interested in seeing good, synthetic reasoning at work, this is a fine study."—Publishers Weekly

Linda Hutcheon is a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Toronto. She is the author of, most recently, Irony’s Edge: The Theory and Politics of Irony. Michael Hutcheon, M.D., is a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. His many articles have appeared in American Review of Respiratory Disease and other journals.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803273184
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Series:
Texts and Contexts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Sales rank:
978,880
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Prologue: "All Concord's Born of Contraries"
1Melodies and Maladies: An Introduction1
2Famous Last Breaths: The Tubercular Heroine29
3Syphilis, Suffering, and the Social Order: Richard Wagner's Parsifal61
4The Pox Revisited: The "Pale Spirochete" in Twentieth Century Opera95
5"Acoustic Contagion": Sexuality, Surveillance, and Epidemics123
6Where There's Smoke, There's...161
Epilogue. "Life-and-Death Passions": AIDS and the Stage195
Notes229
Photo Credits287
Index289

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