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Wagner and Religion

ROGER SCRUTON

in Death-Devoted Heart

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195166910
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863938 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166910.003.0001
Wagner and Religion

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the purpose of the book, which is to explore one of Wagner's majestic attempts to articulate the idea of redemption in artistic and dramatic form. It examines the origin of all such ideals in the peculiar metaphysical predicament of human beings when they come face to face with their incarnation and know themselves simultaneously as both determined and free. The chapter discusses Wagner's discovery of myth, his views toward religion, and his works generally.

Keywords: Wagner; religion; redemption; myth

Chapter.  4708 words. 

Subjects: Opera

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