Abstract

An historical and cultural examination of the figure of the Wandering Jew provides a springboard for a reassessment of the impact of Richard Wagner's anti-Semitism on his music dramas. In the case of Der fliegende Holländer, an easy equation of the title character with the anti-Semitic legend of the Wandering Jew is problematic, given a Wagnerian counter discourse of self-identification and empathy with the figure. In the end, it is reductive to reduce any Wagnerian work to a single interpretation.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1712-5278
Print ISSN
0042-0247
Pages
pp. 877-892
Launched on MUSE
2012-11-21
Open Access
No
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