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Recognition in Mozart's Operas
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Recognition in Mozart's Operas

Jessica Waldoff

Abstract

Since its beginnings, opera has depended on recognition as a central aspect of both plot and theme. Recognition — or anagnôrisis, Aristotle's term in the Poetics — is a moment of new awareness that brings about a crucial reversal in the action. Employing both literary and musical analysis, and drawing on critical thought from Aristotle to Terence Cave, this book explores the ways in which the themes of Mozart's operas — clemency, constancy, forgiveness, and other ideals cherished by late 18th-century culture — depend for their dramatization on recognition. Several of the operas culminate in a ... More

Keywords: anagnôrisis, enlightenment, sensibility, themes of knowledge, Aristotle, Poetics, plot, Terence Cave

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195151978
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151978.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Waldoff, author
College of the Holy Cross