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Description - Opera in the Novel from Balzac to Proust by Cormac Newark

The turning point of Madame Bovary, which Flaubert memorably set at the opera, is only the most famous example of a surprisingly long tradition, one common to a range of French literary styles and sub-genres. In the first book-length study of that tradition to appear in English, Cormac Newark examines representations of operatic performance from Balzac's La Comedie humaine to Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu, by way of (among others) Dumas pere's Le Comte de Monte-Cristo and Leroux's Le Fantome de l'Opera. Attentive to textual and musical detail alike in the works, the study also delves deep into their reception contexts. The result is a compelling cultural-historical account: of changing ways of making sense of operatic experience from the 1820s to the 1920s, and of a perennial writerly fascination with the recording of that experience.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521118903
ISBN-10: 0521118905
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 298
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2011
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Cormac Newark

Cormac Newark has published widely on nineteenth-century French and Italian opera: his work has appeared in 19th-Century Music, the Cambridge Opera Journal and the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, and in various collections of essays. He has also written for Opera magazine and the Guardian. He currently teaches at the University of Ulster.