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Opera's Second Death

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Opera's Second Death explores the curious relationship between opera and psychoanalysis. Focusing on the notion of death as it affects both subjects, Ziezek and Dolar consider the parallels between death in opera and orgasm, which has traditionally been thought of as a little death. They explore how opera can sometimes become a substitution for that little death. They also ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 13th 2001 by Routledge (first published October 1st 2001)
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Karl Steel
My only serious complaint is that the book doesn't treat Massenet's Thaïs. Imagine what Žižek and Dolar could have done with this?! My only other complaint: in the chapter "Run, Isolde, Run!," there's a consideration of other possible ending to Tristan and Isolde, which betrays no awareness of the varient endings already available in the medieval tradition. There's an Italian ballad, I believe, where Mark shows up and Tristan kills him. For example.

Essentially a long commentary on the Wagner's T
Otto Lehto
A funny, insightful, half-political and half-psychoanalytical dissection of the history of opera through the classics (mostly Mozart and Wagner). I would say it deserves to be read by any serious scholar of Enlightenment politics and arts. Though I'm a fan of Zizek, and I read this book because of his name attached to the title, I actually thought that Dolar's parts were better. But there's plenty of good stuff throughout the book. Recommended.
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Slavoj Žižek is a Slovene sociologist, philosopher, and cultural critic.

He was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (then part of SFR Yugoslavia). He received a Doctor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Ljubljana and studied psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII with Jacques-Alain Miller and François Regnault. In 1990 he was a candidate with the party Liberal Democracy of Slovenia for P
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