Treacherous Bonds and Laughing Fire: Politics and Religion in Wagner's Ring

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Overview

Mark Berry explores the political and religious ideas expounded in Wagner's Ring through close attention to the text and drama, the multifarious intellectual influences upon the composer during the work's lengthy gestation and composition, and the wealth of Wagner source material. Many of his writings are explicitly political in their concerns, for Wagner was emphatically not a revolutionary solely for the sake of art. Yet it would be misleading to see even the most 'political' tracts as somehow divorced from the aesthetic realm; Wagner's radical challenge to liberal-democratic politics makes no such distinction. This book considers Wagner's treatment of various worlds: nature, politics, economics, and metaphysics, in order to explain just how radical that challenge is.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754653561
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : problems and opportunities 1
1 The intellectual and biographical background 17
2 Musical drama 43
3 The natural world and its despoliation 57
4 Property, capital, and production 79
5 Law, government, and the state 111
6 The strength and weakness of religion 145
7 Power or love 173
8 Revolution 209
9 Renunciation 237
10 Annihilation, redemption, and augury 255
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