Opera's Second Death

Opera's Second Death

by Slavoj Zizek, Mladen Dolar, Mladen Dolar
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415930170

ISBN-13: 9780415930178

Pub. Date: 11/28/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Opera's Second Death is a passionate exploration of opera - the genre, its masterpieces, and the nature of death. Using a dazzling array of tools, Slavoj Zizek and coauthor Mladen Dolar explore the strange compulsions that overpower characters in Mozart and Wagner, as well as our own desires to die and to go to the opera.

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Opera's Second Death is a passionate exploration of opera - the genre, its masterpieces, and the nature of death. Using a dazzling array of tools, Slavoj Zizek and coauthor Mladen Dolar explore the strange compulsions that overpower characters in Mozart and Wagner, as well as our own desires to die and to go to the opera.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415930178
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
246
Sales rank:
1,107,040
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: for the Love of Operavii
If Music be the Food of Love1
The Birth of Opera from the Spirit of Absolutism5
Acheronta movebo8
The Logic of Mercy19
Opera buffa24
Syntax28
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail33
Figaro38
Don Giovanni45
The Opera in Philosophy: Mozart and Kierkegaard50
La femme machine58
Machine in Love61
A Philosopher in the Opera65
Machine and Enjoyment69
The Rationalistic Myth of the Enlightenment73
He Is a Man--Even More, He Is a Prince80
Three Continuations87
Intermission
"I do Not Order My Dreams"103
The Death Drive and the Wagnerian Sublime105
The Forced Choice110
The Disavowal114
Chapter 1"Deeper Than the Day Could Read"121
The What-Ifs121
Tristan's Journey to the Bottom of the Night127
Transgression? No, Thanks!131
Wagner's Sexualized Politics135
The Moebius Strip139
Chapter 2"The Everlasting Irony of Community"151
Wagner with Kierkegaard151
Kundry's Laughter ...156
... and Her Kiss162
The Feminine versus Woman169
Interlude / The Feminine Excess181
Chapter 3Run, Isode, Run197
The Cyberspace Tristan197
The Morning After206
"It quacks, hoots, pants, and gasps"211
The Separated Flames215
No More Running219
Bibliography227
Index233

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