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Cambridge Studies in Opera : Opera, Liberalism, and Antisemitism in Nineteenth-Century France: The Politics of Halevy's La Juive - Diana R. Hallman

Cambridge Studies in Opera

Opera, Liberalism, and Antisemitism in Nineteenth-Century France: The Politics of Halevy's La Juive

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This is the first critical study of the nineteenth-century French grand opera La Juive (Paris Opera, 1835), a powerful and successful work by the leading dramatist and librettist Eugene Scribe, and Conservatoire-trained composer, Fromental Halevy. Hallman explores the politically charged messages of the opera within the context of French social and cultural history. The book addresses the opera's portrayal of religious intolerance and Jewish-Christian conflict in subject, setting, and characterization, viewing the anticlerical thrust of its critique as a reminder of the historical abuses of an autocratic Church and State and as reflection of the era's liberal ideology. It also considers the portrayal of the central Jewish characters in light of literary stereotypes and contradictory, antisemitic attitudes toward Jews in French society.

'... a useful piece of scholarship with excellent appendices ...' History Today 'Hallman is successful in creating a vivid account of the complicated political and cultural diversity of mid-nineteenth-century Paris. ... a thoroughly researched and well-written text'. Nineteenth-Century Music Review

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction
The collaboration and rapprochement of the authors of La Juive
The Hal©vys: citoyens and isra©lites of France
The Council of Constance and the Voltairean critique
Jewish-Christian opposition in music and drama
El©azar and Rachel as literary stereotypes
The milieu of La Juive: Jewish imagery and identity in the July Monarchy
Epilogue
Appendices
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521650861
ISBN-10: 0521650860
Series: Cambridge Studies in Opera
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 410
Published: 11th November 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.77