Opera: The Art of Dying - Convergences: Inventories of the Present (Hardback)
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Opera: The Art of Dying - Convergences: Inventories of the Present (Hardback)

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Hardback 239 Pages / Published: 05/02/2004
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Our modern narratives of science and technology can only go so far in teaching us about the death that we must all finally face. Might opera, an art form steeped in death, teach us how to die, as this provocative work suggests? In Opera: The Art of Dying a physician and a literary theorist bring together scientific and humanistic perspectives on the lessons on living and dying that this extravagant and seemingly artificial art imparts.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674335615
Number of pages: 239
Weight: 531 g
Dimensions: 230 x 155 mm


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Linda and Michael Hutcheon's "Opera: The Art of Dying" is a learned, absorbing, and (if one dare use this adjective for a study of death) enjoyable book. Building upon recent studies of death emanating from medicine and the social sciences, the Hutcheons demonstrate the ways that opera audiences experience the various deaths they witness onstage as a means of confronting their own mortality.
An interesting, informative, and original piece of scholarship that contributes to an ongoing reexamination of opera currently underway in a variety of academic disciplines. The book treats both highly canonical and some very esoteric operas, thus providing something of interest to the neophyte and to the more experienced.

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