A Knight at the Opera: Heine, Wagner, Herzl, Peretz, and the by Leah Garrett PDF

By Leah Garrett

A Knight on the Opera examines the striking and unknown function that the medieval legend (and Wagner opera) Tannhauser performed in Jewish cultural lifestyles within the 19th and early 20th centuries. The e-book analyzes how 3 of the best Jewish thinkers of that period, Heinrich Heine, Theodor Herzl, and that i. L. Peretz, used this imperative fable of Germany to bolster Jewish tradition and to assault anti-Semitism. within the unique medieval fantasy, a Christian knight lives in sin with the seductive pagan goddess Venus within the Venusberg. He escapes her clutches and makes his technique to Rome to hunt absolution from the Pope. The Pope doesn't pardon Tannhäuser and he returns to the Venusberg. through the process A Knight on the Opera, readers will see how Tannhäuser evolves from a medieval knight, to Heine’s German scoundrel in early glossy Europe, to Wagner’s idealized German male, and eventually to Peretz’s pious Jewish student within the Land of Israel. Venus herself additionally undergoes significant alterations from a pagan goddess, to a lusty housewife, to an overbearing Jewish mom. The publication additionally discusses how the founding father of Zionism, Theodor Herzl, used to be so encouraged through Wagner’s opera that he wrote The Jewish country whereas attending performances of it, and he even had the second one Zionist Congress open to the track of Tannhauser’s overture. A Knight on the Opera makes use of Tannhauser so one can research the altering dating among Jews and the wider international in the course of the creation of the fashionable period, and to question if any artwork, even that of a widespread anti-Semite, will be thought of taboo.

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