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Author Garrett, Leah, 1966-
Title A Knight at the opera : Heine, Wagner, Herzl, Peretz, and the legacy of der Tannhäuser / Leah Garrett.
Imprint West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, [2011]

Author Garrett, Leah, 1966-
Series Shofar supplements in Jewish studies
Shofar supplements in Jewish studies.
Subject Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883. Tannhäuser.
Heine, Heinrich, 1797-1856.
Herzl, Theodor, 1860-1904.
Peretz, Isaac Leib, 1851 or 1852-1915.
Description 1 online resource (ix, 147 pages).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary A Knight at the Opera examines the remarkable and unknown role that the medieval legend (and Wagner opera) Tannhäuser played in Jewish cultural life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The book analyzes how three of the greatest Jewish thinkers of that era, Heinrich Heine, Theodor Herzl, and I.L. Peretz, used this central myth of Germany to strengthen Jewish culture and to attack anti-Semitism. In the original medieval myth, a Christian knight lives in sin with the seductive pagan goddess Venus in the Venusberg. He escapes her clutches and makes his way to Rome to seek absolution from the Pope. The Pope does not pardon Tannhäuser and he returns to the Venusberg. During the course of A Knight at the Opera, readers will see how Tannhäuser evolves from a medieval knight, to Heine German scoundrel in early modern Europe, to Wagner idealized German male, and finally to Peretz pious Jewish scholar in the Land of Israel. Venus herself also undergoes major changes from a pagan goddess, to a lusty housewife, to an overbearing Jewish mother. The book also discusses how the founder of Zionism, Theodor Herzl, was so inspired by Wagner opera that he wrote The Jewish State while attending performances of it, and he even had the Second Zionist Congress open to the music of Tannhäuser overture. A Knight at the Opera uses Tannhäuser as a way to examine the changing relationship between Jews and the broader world during the advent of the modern era, and to question if any art, even that of a prominent anti-Semite, should be considered taboo.
Contents Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 The Original Tannhäuser Ballad; 2 Heinrich Heine; 3 Richard Wagner; 4 Theodor Herzl; 5 I.L. Peretz; Conclusion; Discussion Questions; Index.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 1612491537 (electronic bk.)
9781612491530 (electronic bk.)
9781612491523 (electronic bk.)
1612491529 (electronic bk.)
9781557536013 (pbk.)
1557536015 (pbk.)
OCLC # 762325060
Additional Format Print version: Garrett, Leah, 1966- Knight at the opera. West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, ©2011 9781557536013 (DLC) 2011023379 (OCoLC)706019528

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