Thesis / Dissertation

'A Universal Art, an Art for All'? The Reception of Richard Wagner in the Parisian Press, 1933–1944

R ORZECH, K murphy (ed.), Y Simon (ed.)

Published : 2017


From the time that Wagner began to feature as a subject of interest in the French press, writers, critics, and journalists used their discussions of the composer, his music and his writings to articulate ideas about France and Germany. Debate about Wagner became a means to examine national identity, musical and cultural identity, and the Franco-German relationship. This thesis examines the reception of Richard Wagner through the lens of the Parisian press between 1933 and 1944. It follows a body of literature that investigates the reception of Wagner in the French press, particularly in relation to how it reflects upon French identity and the Franco-German relationship. It considers the ways..

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