By Newark

ISBN-10: 0521118905

ISBN-13: 9780521118903

The turning aspect of Madame Bovary, which Flaubert memorably set on the opera, is just the main well-known instance of an incredibly lengthy culture, one universal to more than a few French literary kinds and sub-genres. within the first book-length research of that culture to seem in English, Cormac Newark examines representations of operatic functionality from Balzac's los angeles Comedie humaine to Proust's A l. a. recherche du temps perdu, when it comes to (among others) Dumas pere's Le Comte de Monte-Cristo and Leroux's Le Fantome de l'Opera. responsive to textual and musical aspect alike within the works, the examine additionally delves deep into their reception contexts. the result's a compelling cultural-historical account: of adjusting methods of creating experience of operatic event from the 1820s to the Nineteen Twenties, and of a perennial writerly fascination with the recording of that experience.

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