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

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

by Mark Berry
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754653561
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction : problems and opportunities1
1The intellectual and biographical background17
2Musical drama43
3The natural world and its despoliation57
4Property, capital, and production79
5Law, government, and the state111
6The strength and weakness of religion145
7Power or love173
8Revolution209
9Renunciation237
10Annihilation, redemption, and augury255

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