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The Undergrounds of the Phantom of the Opera : Sublimation and the Gothic in Leroux's Novel and its Progeny - Jerrold E. Hogle

The Undergrounds of the Phantom of the Opera

Sublimation and the Gothic in Leroux's Novel and its Progeny

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This comprehensive analytical study of the "Phantom of the Opera" proposes answers to the question, "why do we keep needing this story told and retold in the Western world?" by revealing the history of deep cultural tensions that underlie the novel and each of its major adaptations. Using extensive historical and textual evidence and drawing on perspectives from several theories of cultural studies, this book argues that we need this tale told and reconfigured because it provides us ways to both confront and disguise how we have fashioned our senses of identity in the Western middle class. The "Phantom of the Opera" --in varying ways over time--turns out, like the "Gothic" tradition it extends, to be deeply connected to Western self-fashioning in the face of conflicted attitudes about class, gender, race, religious beliefs, Fruedian psychology, economic and international tensions, and especially the shifting and permeable boundaries between "high" and "low" culture. This book should interest all students of the history of Western culture, Gothic fiction, opera, musical theater, and film.

'The book offers quite a remarkable account of Leroux's Phantom and its various adaptations, an account notable for the skilful combination of textual scholarship, cultural-historical research, subtle critical interpretation and innovative theoretical approach.' - Fred Botting, Keele University



'This book is a well-written, thorough, and engaging assessment that I would recommend as one of particular use to scholars interested in the Gothic novel, adaptation, opera, European history, and psychoanalysis and the novel.' - Joanna Aroutian, Gothic Studies

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
A Note on Translationsp. xv
The Novel: Leroux's Distinctive Choices and Their Wider Contexts
The Original Fantome's Mysteries: An Introductionp. 3
The Psychoanalytic Veneer in the Novel: Le Fantome's "Unconscious Depths" and their Social Foundationsp. 41
Leroux's Sublimations of Cultural Politics: From Degeneration and the Suppression of Carnival to the Abjection of Mixed "Otherness"p. 67
The Ghost of the Counterfeit: Leroux's Fantome and the Cultural Work of the Gothicp. 103
The Major Adaptations: Neo-Gothic Sublimations of Changing Cultural Fears
Universal's Silent Film: The Recast Scapegoat, the Quest for the Widest Audience, and the Management of Laborp. 135
The 1943 Remake: Recombining Film Styles, Struggling with Psychoanalysis, and Sanitizing World War IIp. 153
The Culture of Adolescence: The Lloyd Webber Musical and the Adaptations that Paved the Way, 1962-1986p. 173
Different Phantoms for Different Problems: Some Adaptations Since the Musicalp. 205
The Phantom's Lasting Significance: An Assessment of Its Cultural Functionsp. 233
Notesp. 241
Works Citedp. 245
Indexp. 255
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ISBN: 9780312293468
ISBN-10: 0312293461
Series: St Martins Press
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 30th May 2002
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1