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

By Leah Garrett

A Knight on the Opera examines the striking and unknown position 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 critical fantasy 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 approach to Rome to hunt absolution from the Pope. The Pope doesn't pardon Tannhäuser and he returns to the Venusberg. in the course of the process A Knight on the Opera, readers will see how Tannhäuser evolves from a medieval knight, to Heine’s German scoundrel in early smooth 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 e-book additionally discusses how the founding father of Zionism, Theodor Herzl, used to be so encouraged by way of 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 as to research the altering dating among Jews and the wider international in the course of the creation of the trendy period, and to question if any paintings, even that of a famous anti-Semite, might be thought of taboo.

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