The Operatic Archive: American Opera as History (Ashgate Interdisciplinary Studies in Opera) (Paperback)

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The Operatic Archive: American Opera as History extends the growing interdisciplinary conversation in opera studies by drawing on new research in performance studies and the philosophy of history. Moving beyond traditional aesthetic conceptions of opera, this book argues for opera's powerful potential for historical impact and engagement in late twentieth- and twenty-first-century works by American composers.

Considering opera's ability to serve as a vehicle for memory, historical experience, affect, presence, and the historical sublime, this volume demonstrates how opera's ability to represent and evoke historical events and historical experience differs fundamentally from the representations and recreations of other modes (specifically, literary and dramatic representations).

Building on the work of performance scholars such as Joseph Roach, Rebecca Schneider, and Diana Taylor, and in consultation with recent debates in the philosophy of history, the book will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and researchers, particularly those working in the areas of opera studies and performance studies.

About the Author

Colleen Renihan is Assistant Professor and Queen's National Scholar in Music Theatre and Opera at Queen's University in Kingston, ON, Canada.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781032236889
ISBN-10: 1032236884
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: December 13th, 2021
Pages: 230
Language: English
Series: Ashgate Interdisciplinary Studies in Opera