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Opera, Sex and Other Vital Matters Paul Robinson

Opera, Sex and Other Vital Matters By Paul Robinson

Opera, Sex and Other Vital Matters by Paul Robinson


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This volume gathers both classic and previously unpublished essays from one of the leading stylists in contemporary American letters. Each essay celebrates art and the flesh, exploring the complexities of sexuality within the intellectual currents of the time.

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Opera, Sex and Other Vital Matters Summary

Opera, Sex and Other Vital Matters by Paul Robinson

Opera, Sex and Other Vital Matters gathers both classic and never-before-published essays from one of the leading stylists in contemporary American letters, and one of our more revered public intellectuals, Paul Robinson. Diverse and elegant, the essays in this collection showcase the sly wit and lightly worn erudition of their author. Each celebrates art and the flesh, directing us to the twin ecstasies of music and eros. The essays on opera gathered here explore how masterpieces such as Fidelio and The Magic Flute reflect the intellectual currents of their day. Be it the work of Verdi or Mozart, Wagner or Strauss, Robinson compels us to search for meaning not just in the lyrics of opera but also in the music. In melody, not libretto, we are more likely to discern key historical complexities and appreciate the way opera transcends language and time. The essays on sexuality, meanwhile, are ruminative, funny and even moving. At one moment, Robinson measures whether homosexuality is the result of destiny or free choice. In another, he shares a touching exchange of letters with a gay student in the process of coming out. The final essays that encompass other vital matters find Robinson at his most incisive. Whether defending Freud as the most influential thinker of the 20th century, attacking the dreaded use of semicolons, reflecting on his own mortality, or even meditating on the nature of cats, Robinson has produced an eclectic work that should appeal to any reader interested in the continuing relevance of ideas to life.

About Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson is the Richard W. Lyman Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University. He is the author of a number of books, including Opera and Ideas: From Mozart to Strauss and Gay Lives: Homosexual Autobiography from John Addington Symonds to Paul Monette, the latter published by the University of Chicago Press.

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CIN0226721833G
9780226721835
0226721833
Opera, Sex and Other Vital Matters by Paul Robinson
Used - Good
Paperback
The University of Chicago Press
20020608
332
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