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Re-reading Wagner
Edited by Reinhold Grimm and Jost Hermand

This multidisciplinary collection of readings offers suggestive new interpretations of Richard Wagner’s ideological position in German history. The issues discussed range from the biographical—the reasons for Wagner’s travels, his spotted political life—to the aesthetic and ideological, regarding his re-creation of medieval Nuremberg, his representations of gender and nationality, his vocal iconography, his anti-Semitism, and his vegetarianarguments, and, finally, his musical heirs.

The essays are written by Tamara S. Evans, Edward R. Haymes, Peter Uwe Hohendahl, Peter Morris–Keitel, Alexa Larson–Thorisch, Audrius Dundzila, Marc A. Weiner, Jost Hermand, Frank Trommler, and Hans Rudolf Vaget. Avoiding journalistic or iconoclastic approaches to Wagner, these writers depart from the usual uncritical admiration of earlier scholars to develop a stimulating and ultimately cohesive collection of new perspectives.

Reinhold Grimm
is professor of German and comparative literature at the University of California, Riverside. Jost Hermand is professor of German at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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November 2000

LC: 92-035895 ML
160 pp. 6 x 9
8 halftones, 5 line drawings

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ISBN 978-0-299-97076-5
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