The Resource A Knight at the opera : Heine, Wagner, Herzl, Peretz, and the legacy of der Tannhäuser, Leah Garrett, (electronic resource)

A Knight at the opera : Heine, Wagner, Herzl, Peretz, and the legacy of der Tannhäuser, Leah Garrett, (electronic resource)

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A Knight at the opera : Heine, Wagner, Herzl, Peretz, and the legacy of der Tannhäuser
Title
A Knight at the opera
Title remainder
Heine, Wagner, Herzl, Peretz, and the legacy of der Tannhäuser
Statement of responsibility
Leah Garrett
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A Knight at the Opera examines the remarkable and unknown role that the medieval legend (and Wagner opera) Tannhäuser played in Jewish cultural life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The book analyzes how three of the greatest Jewish thinkers of that era, Heinrich Heine, Theodor Herzl, and I.L. Peretz, used this central myth of Germany to strengthen Jewish culture and to attack anti-Semitism. In the original medieval myth, a Christian knight lives in sin with the seductive pagan goddess Venus in the Venusberg. He escapes her clutches and makes his way to Rome to seek absolution from the Pope. The Pope does not pardon Tannhäuser and he returns to the Venusberg. During the course of A Knight at the Opera, readers will see how Tannhäuser evolves from a medieval knight, to Heine's German scoundrel in early modern Europe, to Wagner's idealized German male, and finally to Peretz's pious Jewish scholar in the Land of Israel. Venus herself also undergoes major changes from a pagan goddess, to a lusty housewife, to an overbearing Jewish mother. The book also discusses how the founder of Zionism, Theodor Herzl, was so inspired by Wagner's opera that he wrote The Jewish State while attending performances of it, and he even had the Second Zionist Congress open to the music of Tannhäuser's overture. A Knight at the Opera uses Tannhäuser as a way to examine the changing relationship between Jews and the broader world during the advent of the modern era, and to question if any art, even that of a prominent anti-Semite, should be considered taboo
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YDXCP
Dewey number
830.9/351
Index
index present
LC call number
ML410.W1
LC item number
A2943 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
  • Freading eBooks
  • Shofar supplements in Jewish studies
Target audience
adult
A Knight at the opera : Heine, Wagner, Herzl, Peretz, and the legacy of der Tannhäuser, Leah Garrett, (electronic resource)
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A Knight at the opera : Heine, Wagner, Herzl, Peretz, and the legacy of der Tannhäuser, Leah Garrett, (electronic resource)
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
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Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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ocn762325060
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Extent
1 online resource (ix, 147 pages).
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781612491530
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (Sirsi) f762325060
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