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Wagner and the Novel. Wagners Operas and the European Realist Novel: An exploration of genre

Hugh Ridley

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ISBN 10: 9042035218 / ISBN 13: 9789042035218
Editorial: Rodopi, 2012
Nuevos Condición: Neuf Encuadernación de tapa blanda
Librería: Librairie de Boccard (Paris, Francia)

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This study bridges literature and music at an exciting and controversial point, offering the lover of music and literature and the specialist reader an insight into the relationship between Wagner s operas and the nineteenth century novel, including comparisons with Rigoletto and Der Rosenkavalier in their evolution from other forms. It discusses matters of genre and national tradition, placing Wagner s works in the heritage of the European Enlightenment. Comparisons of Wagner s works with the novel have been fleeting, denoting only their length and complexity. Examining in principle and in detail the proximity of Wagner s themes and techniques to the practices of the Realist novel, this study sheds original light on major issues of Wagner s works and on opera as genre. The book trawls extensively in two research fields. It looks to the established Wagner literature for understandings of the musical procedures which map his works onto the prose fiction, while reading Wagner s operas against the backdrop of the European novel, rather than against German Romantic fiction. It revisits Adorno s music sociology and his seminal study of Wagner, but repositions many elements of his argument. Unusually, this book adopts a critical stance to Nietzsche s view of Wagner. In marked contrast to Nietzsche, the study regards parallels between Wagner and Flaubert as an enrichment of our understanding of Wagner s achievement. The book concludes with a major question of European cultural history: why it is that in common with Italy, but in marked contrast to France or England Germany s most representative works in the nineteenth century are operas rather than novels. N° de ref. de la librería 14331

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Título: Wagner and the Novel. Wagners Operas and the...

Editorial: Rodopi

Año de publicación: 2012

Encuadernación: Couverture souple

Condición del libro: Neuf

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"Much of Wagner and the Novel is a delight to read. Ridley (a leading Germanist) has that rare gift of writing as if he were talking to the reader directly, with point and charm. He is a fine literary critic, as his superb analysis of the opening of Henry James' The Ambassadors in quasi-musical terms shows [...]" - Christopher Webber, in: Opera, January 2013, pp. 128-130 "Wagner and the Novel is an inspiring, yet at times uncomfortable and provocative book, which will be received differently by individual readers. In that sense, it is a worthy birthday present for an artist who has been stirring the emotions for almost 200 years." - Kasper van Kooten, in: Vooys 31/1 (2013)

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Editions de Boccard has been a leader in the publication and distribution of scholarly books for more than a century. It carries the publishing reputation of the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres, the Ecole française of Rome and the Ecole française of Athens, the Collège de France, French archaeological missions in Central Asia and elsewhere, the Centre d'études alexandrines, UMR and USR under the supervision of the CNRS, and some of the most prestigious university presses. Since 2013, Editions de Boccard has also been representing the Librairie Droz, the Société de l'histoire de France, the Casa editrice Leo S. Olschki and the Léopard d'Or. More recently, the Presses universitaires de Liège, the Editions de linguistique et de philologie, the Société de l'histoire de l'art français, the Cahiers de Saint-Michel de Cuxa, Gerlach Press and Gangemi Editore have joined their distribution. The works published and distributed by Boccard cover such complementary fields as history, archaeology, the history of law, literary history, philology, paleography, epigraphy, sigillography, numismatics, ceramology, topography, prosopography, and bibliography. Publishing and distributing approximately three hundred new titles each year, Boccard now possesses a general catalog of some 17,000 titles published between the 1860s and the present.

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