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Opera's Second Death - Slavoj Zizek

Paperback Published: 16th November 2001
ISBN: 9780415930178
Number Of Pages: 235

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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.

Industry Reviews

..."provides many new and remarkable conclusions from a contemporary, Eastern European point of viewthat will interest opera specialists and cultural historians.." -A.M. Hanson, Ihoice ...".an engaging and frequently illuminating commentary on the impulses, desires and fantasies that enrich both our own lives and those of the colorful characters that populate our favorite operas." -Barry Millington, "BBC Music Magazine Direct, December 1, 2002

Introduction: for the Love of Operap. vii
If Music be the Food of Lovep. 1
The Birth of Opera from the Spirit of Absolutismp. 5
Acheronta movebop. 8
The Logic of Mercyp. 19
Opera buffap. 24
Syntaxp. 28
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serailp. 33
Figarop. 38
Don Giovannip. 45
The Opera in Philosophy: Mozart and Kierkegaardp. 50
La femme machinep. 58
Machine in Lovep. 61
A Philosopher in the Operap. 65
Machine and Enjoymentp. 69
The Rationalistic Myth of the Enlightenmentp. 73
He Is a Man--Even More, He Is a Princep. 80
Three Continuationsp. 87
"I do Not Order My Dreams"p. 103
The Death Drive and the Wagnerian Sublimep. 105
The Forced Choicep. 110
The Disavowalp. 114
"Deeper Than the Day Could Read"p. 121
The What-Ifsp. 121
Tristan's Journey to the Bottom of the Nightp. 127
Transgression? No, Thanks!p. 131
Wagner's Sexualized Politicsp. 135
The Moebius Stripp. 139
"The Everlasting Irony of Community"p. 151
Wagner with Kierkegaardp. 151
Kundry's Laughter ...p. 156
... and Her Kissp. 162
The Feminine versus Womanp. 169
Interlude / The Feminine Excessp. 181
Run, Isode, Runp. 197
The Cyberspace Tristanp. 197
The Morning Afterp. 206
"It quacks, hoots, pants, and gasps"p. 211
The Separated Flamesp. 215
No More Runningp. 219
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 233
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ISBN: 9780415930178
ISBN-10: 0415930170
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 235
Published: 16th November 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1