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Songs of the Living Dead

Songs of the Living Dead 19 TH CENTURY MUSIC Review Songs of the Living Dead CHRISTOPHER MORRIS Richard Dellamora and Daniel Fischlin, eds. The Work of Opera: Genre, Nationhood, and Sexual Difference. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997. xi, 350 pp. Roger Parker and Mary Ann Smart, eds. Reading Critics Reading: Opera and Ballet Criticism in France from the Revolution to 1848. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. x, 271 pp. Carolyn Abbate. In Search of Opera. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001. xvi, 290 pp. ˇ z Mladen Dolar and Slavoj Ziˇ ek. Opera’s Second Death. New York: Routledge, 2002. ix, 235 pp. ˇ z If Mladen Dolar and Slavoj Ziˇ ek are to be believed, opera is a double zombie. Stillborn as a concept from the very beginning and never “in accord with its time,” opera endured a second death when the twentieth century lost faith in it as a viable and independent cultural form (pp. vii–ix). It lives on, of course, but is it nothing more than an artifact sustained by bloated cultural institutions and media technology? Does the living flesh of performance merely disguise its nostalgic preservation? This inherent doubleness, this living death, was very much in evidence last December when http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png 19th-Century Music University of California Press

Songs of the Living Dead

19th-Century Music , Volume 27 (1) – Jul 1, 2003

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19 TH CENTURY MUSIC Review Songs of the Living Dead CHRISTOPHER MORRIS Richard Dellamora and Daniel Fischlin, eds. The Work of Opera: Genre, Nationhood, and Sexual Difference. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997. xi, 350 pp. Roger Parker and Mary Ann Smart, eds. Reading Critics Reading: Opera and Ballet Criticism in France from the Revolution to 1848. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. x, 271 pp. Carolyn Abbate. In Search of Opera. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001. xvi, 290 pp. ˇ z Mladen Dolar and Slavoj Ziˇ ek. Opera’s Second Death. New York: Routledge, 2002. ix, 235 pp. ˇ z If Mladen Dolar and Slavoj Ziˇ ek are to be believed, opera is a double zombie. Stillborn as a concept from the very beginning and never “in accord with its time,” opera endured a second death when the twentieth century lost faith in it as a viable and independent cultural form (pp. vii–ix). It lives on, of course, but is it nothing more than an artifact sustained by bloated cultural institutions and media technology? Does the living flesh of performance merely disguise its nostalgic preservation? This inherent doubleness, this living death, was very much in evidence last December when

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Published: Jul 1, 2003

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