Wagner and Wagnerism: Richard Wagner's Music and Influence from the 1840s to the Present (FYS)|
Richard Wagner is perhaps the most influential composer who ever lived. Not only an influence on every musician who followed him, he has also had enormous influence on literature, the theatre, visual arts, and even politics. His music is beautiful but controversial. His ideas range from the most exalted, idealistic visions of the future and human possibility to some confused political notions and a particularly virulent antisemitism. In the words of one of his countless biographers, "Humanity has paid dearly for the Wagnerian patrimony." He was a particular favorite of Hitler, but also of W.E.B. Du Bois. Can Wagner and his legacy be redeemed? Should it? The first step is to understand exactly what this complicated man and his long shadow are all about.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music, by Alex Ross
Richard Wagner: A Life in Music by Martin Geck
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Students will write short reviews of portions of Wagner operas, and two short papers on topics to be determined. There will be a midterm exam and a final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This class will give special attention to Wagner's Ring of the Niebelung.
|Instructor(s): Bruce,Neely Times: ..T.R.. 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 15||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|
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