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Death-Devoted HeartSex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde$
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Roger Scruton

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195166910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166910.001.0001

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The Story of Tristan

The Story of Tristan

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the Tristan legend, which predates the age of chivalry, probably by many centuries. The legend is generally thought to be of Celtic origin, entering medieval literature from the Breton lais. It examines several themes that should be borne in mind in considering Gottfried's version of the legend of Tristan. It describes how Wagner uses the story of Tristan and Isolde as a foil for his idiosyncratic conception of love.

Keywords:   Wagner, Tristan legend, Gottfried, courtly love, opera

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