Chapter

Moral Listening

in The Opera Fanatic

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226043401
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226043432 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226043432.003.0005
Moral Listening

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This chapter discusses how passionate opera fans differ from other audience members and how they bind the object of their affection in a particular way and defend it against competing interpretations. It shows how passionate fans shape an image as worthy selves through a laborious, sustained, long-term engagement with opera that is founded on claiming opera as their own and is based on an ethic of sacrifice. This chapter suggests that passionate opera fans present themselves as superior selves and the chapter looks at a range of discourses and practices that involve other people within the opera world.

Keywords: passionate opera fans; worthy selves; ethic of sacrifice; discourses; opera

Chapter.  11949 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Opera

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