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Author Žižek, Slavoj

Title Opera's second death / Slavoj Žižek and Mladen Dolar
Published New York : Routledge, 2002


Description 1 online resource (ix, 235 pages)
Contents Introduction: for the Love of Opera / Slavoj Zizek, Mladen Dolar -- If Music be the Food of Love / Mladen Dolar -- The Birth of Opera from the Spirit of Absolutism -- Acheronta movebo -- The Logic of Mercy -- Opera buffa -- Syntax -- Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail -- Figaro -- Don Giovanni -- The Opera in Philosophy: Mozart and Kierkegaard -- La femme machine -- Machine in Love -- A Philosopher in the Opera -- Machine and Enjoyment -- The Rationalistic Myth of the Enlightenment -- He Is a Man--Even More, He Is a Prince -- Three Continuations -- Intermission -- "I do Not Order My Dreams" / Slavoj Zizek -- The Death Drive and the Wagnerian Sublime -- The Forced Choice -- The Disavowal -- "Deeper Than the Day Could Read" -- The What-Ifs -- Tristan's Journey to the Bottom of the Night -- Transgression? No, Thanks! -- Wagner's Sexualized Politics -- The Moebius Strip -- "The Everlasting Irony of Community" -- Wagner with Kierkegaard -- Kundry's Laughter ... -- ... and Her Kiss -- The Feminine versus Woman -- Interlude / The Feminine Excess -- Run, Isode, Run -- The Cyberspace Tristan -- The Morning After -- "It quacks, hoots, pants, and gasps" -- The Separated Flames -- No More Running
Summary Operas are about the meaning of love and life, and also very much about the meaning of death. Opera as a form, however, might even be dead itself. The last great operas are said to be those written around 1900. But, the psychoanalytic critic and philosopher Slavoj Zizek is quick to point out, 1900 is also the year in which Freud 'invents' psychoanalysis. Can this be a coincidence? 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. Mozart's understanding of psychoanalysis and Wagner's sense of humor are but two of the many surprises in Zizek and Dolar's operatic tour de force. Opera's Second Death is an extended aria on a subject that is far from dead [Publisher description]
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-231) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791 -- Themes, motives
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. Operas.
Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883 -- Themes, motives
Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883. Operas.
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791
Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus 1756-1791
Wagner, Richard 1813-1883
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus.
Wagner, Richard.
SUBJECT Operas (Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus) fast
Operas (Wagner, Richard) fast
Subject Opera.
Operas -- Analysis, appreciation.
opera (music genre)
MUSIC -- Instruction & Study -- Voice.
MUSIC -- Lyrics.
MUSIC -- Printed Music -- Vocal.
Operas -- Analysis, appreciation
Themes, motives
Motieven (kunst)
Analyse (algemeen)
Form Electronic book
Author Dolar, Mladen
ISBN 9781135207786