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Opera's Second Death

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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.
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published December 13th 2001 by Routledge (first published October 1st 2001)
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Karl Steel
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theory
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
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Otto Lehto
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Noah Lethbridge
Zizek-good, Dolar-bad.
Andy
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My lack of opera acumen is what prevents me from giving it 5 stars; it might be a 5 star book.
gieb
Oct 18, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
nduwe ebook-nya. masiyo ra diwoco.
Leonardo
Mar 02, 2016 marked it as to-keep-reference  ·  review of another edition
Una relectura de Tristán e Isolda de Wagner.

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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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