Opera's Second Death

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415930178
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 958,591
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Slavoj Zizek is Researcher at the University of Ljubljana. Among his many books are The Fragile Absolute and The Ticklish Subject. Mladen Dolar is Professor of Philosopy at the University of Ljubljana.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: For the Love of Opera
If Music be the Food of Love 1
The Birth of Opera from the Spirit of Absolutism 5
Acheronta movebo 8
The Logic of Mercy 19
Opera buffa 24
Syntax 28
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail 33
Figaro 38
Don Giovanni 45
The Opera in Philosophy: Mozart and Kierkegaard 50
La femme machine 58
Machine in Love 61
A Philosopher in the Opera 65
Machine and Enjoyment 69
The Rationalistic Myth of the Enlightenment 73
He Is a Man - Even More, He Is a Prince 80
Three Continuations 87
"I Do Not Order My Dreams" 103
The Death Drive and the Wagnerian Sublime 105
The Forced Choice 110
The Disavowal 114
Ch. 1 "Deeper Than the Day Could Read" 121
The What-Ifs 121
Tristan's Journey to the Bottom of the Night 127
Transgression? No, Thanks! 131
Wagner's Sexualized Politics 135
The Moebius Strip 139
Ch. 2 "The Everlasting Irony of Community" 151
Wagner with Kierkegaard 151
Kundry's Laughter ... 156
... and Her Kiss 162
The Feminine versus Woman 169
Interlude/ The Feminine Excess 181
Ch. 3 Run, Isolde, Run 197
The Cyberspace Tristan 197
The Morning After 206
"It quacks, hoots, pants, and gasps" 211
The Separated Flames 215
No More Running 219
Bibliography 227
Index 233
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