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    Subjective identity in the operas of James Wilson

    Brogan, Eileen (2009) Subjective identity in the operas of James Wilson. Maynooth Musicology: Postgraduate Journal, 2. pp. 172-189.

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    The concept of subjective identity and its expression in operas by Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942) is central to Sherry Denise Lee’s research entitled ‘Opera, Narrative, and the Modernist Crisis of Historical Subjectivity’.3 Lee’s thesis examines Theodor W. Adorno’s (1902-1969) assertion that modern works of art are dialectical expressions of the individual creative artist alienated within the workings of modern society. Lee draws on Adorno’s musical aesthetics, Freudian and post-Freudian psychoanalytical theories and on writers who have contributed to this concept. While having significant recourse to Adorno’s appraisal of these operas in his 1959 essays on Zemlinsky, Lee challenges Adorno’s views on both libretti and compositional style by examining both in terms of the issues of subjective identity, which they explore.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Subjective identity; opera; James Wilson; Maynooth Musicology;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Music
    Item ID: 9478
    Depositing User: IR Editor
    Date Deposited: 14 May 2018 16:59
    Journal or Publication Title: Maynooth Musicology: Postgraduate Journal
    Publisher: Maynooth Musicology
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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