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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.

Synopsis:

This work explores the relationship between opera and psychoanalysis. Ziezek and Dolar consider, for example, death in opera and orgasm (the little death for which opera may be imagined to be a substitution), as well as the heralded "death of opera" and its cultural function.

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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.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415930178
Author:
Zizek, Slavoj
Author:
Dolar, Mladen
Publisher:
Routledge
Location:
New York
Subject:
Appreciation
Subject:
Opera
Subject:
Operas
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Opera
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Appreciation
Subject:
Operas -- Analysis, appreciation.
Subject:
Music | Opera
Publication Date:
20011131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
235
Dimensions:
8.97x6.01x.72 in. .88 lbs.

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Product details 235 pages Routledge - English 9780415930178 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This work explores the relationship between opera and psychoanalysis. Ziezek and Dolar consider, for example, death in opera and orgasm (the little death for which opera may be imagined to be a substitution), as well as the heralded "death of opera" and its cultural function.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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