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Opera and Society in Italy and France from Monteverdi to Bourdieu (Cambridge Studies in Opera)

Opera and Society in Italy and France from Monteverdi to Bourdieu (Cambridge Studies in Opera)

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Victoria Johnson
Cambridge University Press, 12/3/2009
EAN 9780521124201, ISBN10: 0521124204

Paperback, 440 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
Language: English

This edited volume brings together academic specialists writing on the multi-media operatic form from a range of disciplines: comparative literature, history, sociology, and philosophy. The presence in the volume's title of Pierre Bourdieu, the leading cultural sociologist of the late twentieth century, signals the editors' intention to synthesise advances in social science with advances in musicological and other scholarship on opera. Through a focus on opera in Italy and France, the contributors to the volume draw on their respective disciplines both to expand our knowledge of opera's history and to demonstrate the kinds of contributions that stand to be made by different disciplines to the study of opera. The volume is divided into three sections, each of which is preceded by a concise and informative introduction explaining how the chapters in that section contribute to our understanding of opera.

Foreword Craig Calhoun
Introduction
opera and the academic turns Victoria Johnson
Part I. The Representation of Social and Political Relations in Operatic Works
Introduction to Part I Jane F. Fulcher
1. Venice's mythic empires
truth and verisimilitude in Venetian opera Wendy Heller
2. Lully's on-stage societies Rebecca Harris-Warwick
3. Representations of le peuple in French opera, 1673–1764 Catherine Kintzler
4. Women's roles in Meyerbeer's operas
how Italian heroines are reflected in French grand opera Naomi André
5. The effect of a bomb in the hall
the French 'opera of ideas' and its cultural role in the 1920s Jane F. Fulcher
Part II. The Institutional Bases for the Production and Reception of Opera
Introduction to Part II Thomas Ertman
6. State and market, production and style
an interdisciplinary approach to eighteenth-century Italian opera history Franco Piperno
7. Opera and the cultural authority of the capital city William Weber
8. 'Edizione distrutte' and the significance of operatic choruses during the Risorgimento Philip Gossett
9. Opera in France, 1870–1900
between nationalism and foreign imports Christophe Charle
10. Fascism and the operatic unconscious Michael P. Steinberg and Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg
Part III. Theorizing Opera and the Social
Introduction to Part III Victoria Johnson
11. Opera and society (assuming a relationship) Herbert Lindenberger
12. Symbolic domination and contention in French music
shifting the paradigm from Adorno to Bourdieu Jane F. Fulcher
13. Rewriting history from the losers' point of view
French grand opera and modernity Antoine Hennion
Conclusion
towards a new understanding of the history of opera? Thomas Ertman
Bibliography.