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Wagner's Ring Cycle and the Greeks

Wagner's Ring Cycle and the Greeks

by Daniel H. Foster


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521517393
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/31/2010
Series: Cambridge Studies in Opera Series
Pages: 398
Sales rank: 883,455
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Daniel H. Foster is Assistant Professor of Theater Studies at Duke University, and Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Table of Contents

List of musical examples ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xviii

Introduction 1

Part I Epic

1 Introduction: what is epic? 33

2 Retrospective narrative and the epic process 45

3 The orchestral narrator and elementary epic 65

4 Spiritual and factual realities in epic 83

Part II Lyric

5 Introduction: what is lyric? 111

6 Orpheus and lyric liberation 122

7 First-person opera and lyric identity 140

8 Lyric and the rebirth of tragedy 157

Part III Drama

9 Introduction: what is drama? 183

10 Opera and tragedy 197

11 Opera and comedy 220

12 Resolution and ambiguity in comedy and tragedy 235

Epilogue: Time, the Ring, and Performance Studies 253

Appendices Wagner's primary and secondary sources 267

Appendix A Wagner's primary sources 269

Appendix B Secondary scholarship by authors Wagner knew personally 276

Appendix C Secondary scholarship by authors Wagner knew by reputation or by reading 284

Notes 295

Bibliography 352

Index 363

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