Severo Sarduy and the Neo-Baroque Image of Thought in the Visual Arts
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: Purdue University Press
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Series, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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The legacy of Tannhäuser in my own life has taken almost as many twists and turns as the story I discuss in this book. This book grew out of an essay I published in the journal Jewish Social Studies that sought to account for the influence of Tannhäuser on Heinrich Heine, Theodor...
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In July 2001, the well-known Jewish conductor, Daniel Barenboim, leading the Berlin Staatskapelle orchestra, asked his audience at the Israeli Music Festival in Jerusalem if they would like to hear some of Richard Wagner’s music during the encore. Wagner had been unofficially banned in Palestine...
Chapter One: The Original Tannhäuser Ballad
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The Tannhäuser legend that influenced Heinrich Heine and Richard Wagner (and therein Theodor Herzl and I. L. Peretz), is a 1515 version from Nuremberg.1 There is much disagreement about whether the knight discussed in the ballad was a historical thirteenth-century...
Chapter Two: Heinrich Heine
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In the November 5, 1981 edition of The New York Review of Books, the American literary critic, Alfred Kazin, told the troubling story of how “Hitler, flushed with triumph when he occupied Paris, ordered that Heine’s grave in Montmartre be destroyed.” Heinrich Heine...
Chapter Three: Richard Wagner
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In April 1842, a decrepit horse and buggy was travelling through the Wartburg valley in Thüringia, Germany. Inside the carriage were Richard Wagner (1813- 1883) and his first wife, Minna, returning from two-and-a-half years in Paris. The air was cold and damp and they shivered in their...
Chapter Four: Theodor Herzl
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On the evening of May 11, 1895, the crowd was seated and nervously waiting for the curtain at the Académie de Musique, better known as the Paris Opera; it was an invited audience of political luminaries, journalists, and artists at the dress rehearsal for Richard Wagner’s opera...
Chapter Five: I. L. Peretz
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In October 1899, the first snow of winter was falling in the courtyard of the Citadel prison in Warsaw. The jail housed the usual motley crew of a Tsarist prison: thieves, murderers, army deserters, anarchists, socialists, revolutionaries, and poets. The political prisoners, who received comforts...
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The medieval knight Tannhäuser has been on a remarkable journey in the course of this book, during which he has come into contact with, and been transformed by, three of the most important figures in the construction of Jewish culture in modern Europe. While he himself has changed, he...
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Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2007
Series Title: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures