Drawing upon gender studies, musicology, German studies, and
literary theory, the author develops a feminist analytic framework
for interpreting opera and for critiquing the usual interpretations
of opera, using Richard Wagner's Der fliegende Hollander as a case
study. The feminist analysis, in contrast to prior interpretations
of Hollander, identifies the intersection of gender and religion as
at the core of the opera's main woman character, Senta. This
analysis allows for recognition of Senta's power and moral agency
and demonstrates that the theory of interpretation rather than the
opera text determines the narrative. Courtney W. Howland is the
inaugural Research Scholar at the Barnard Center for Research on
Women, Barnard College, Columbia University, USA.
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Courtney W. Howland
||206 x 145 x 18mm (L x W x T)
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