Reading Critics Reading: Opera and Ballet Criticism in France from the Revolution to 1848

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Roger Parker, Mary Ann Smart
Oxford University Press, 2001 - History - 271 pages
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This book is among the first to examine French opera and ballet criticism during the first half of the nineteenth century both as a historical and a literary phenomenon. It thus provides a new and badly needed perspective for scholars and other commentators who have often been willing to treatthe journalistic responses to such musical genres chiefly as a simple source of factual information. The essays, taken from a conference in Oxford in 1996, explore the kinds of problem encountered and the types of methodology that might be employed in trying to interpret these critical responses;they throw light on such aspects as the cultural attitudes underlying the writers' rhetoric, the aesthetic stances and ideological agendas at play, and how modes of production influenced content.
 

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Contents

Identity and Manipulation
13
Issues in the Criticism of JulienLouis
46
Ludovic Vitet and Le bee
69
The Poetics and Reception
86
Faust Criticism in Paris 1830 m
111
Robert le diable and LouisPhilippe the King
137
Ceremony Celebration and Spectacle in 11 faire
155
10 About the House
215
Art and the Hermaphrodite in the Dance
237
Bibliography 755
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Roger Parker is a Professor of Music, University of Cambridge. Mary Ann Smart is an Associate Professor of Music, University of California, Berkeley.

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