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An International Journal in Philosophy, Religion, Politics, and the Arts
ISSN 1932-1066

Volume 9, No. 2, Fall 2014

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Ride, Boldly Ride: The Evolution of the American Western and Its Critics
Kevin Stoehr| Boston University

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Hollywood Westerns and American Myth
Robert B. Pippin| Chicago University

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Tomoko Iwasawa | Reitaku University, Japan

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Shai Biderman| Tel Aviv University, Israel

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Carlin Romano| Ursinus College

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Love and Death in Modern Opera
Brayton Polka| York University

I have two interrelated aims in my paper. First, I argue that love and death, in their very relationship, stand at the heart of the values that constitute modernity. I follow Jaspers in holding that our modern values have their origin, historically and ontologically, in Christianity, what I call the Bible. Second, I support this thesis by way of examining four operas, two tragic and two comedic, to show that they embody values that are central to modernity in their profound engagement with the themes of love and death. But, strangely, opera, unlike other modern art forms, has a double history. For the values that are central to the operas on which I concentrate here are altogether opposed to the values that are found in the operas of Wagner (together with some of the operas of Verdi). Wagner, with his false conception of Christianity, rejects the values that are true to modernity in viewing love as the servant of death, not death as the servant of love. In studying the role of love and death in opera, we deepen, consequently, our understanding of the values that are central to modernity.

Keywords: Love; death; opera; modernity; history; Bible; Christianity; values; self; community; covenant.


Inspector of Prison
Herbert W. Mason| Boston University

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