ROMS 3971

ROMS 3971

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

How and why is a book "translated" into an opera? We will study several such works and the operas they inspired: Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, Verdi's Rigoletto, Massenet's Werther, Giordano's Andrea Chénier, Holten's The Visit of the Royal Physician, and the movie A Royal Affair, a bridge between opera and novel. There will be opportunities for original historical research. What is so fascinating about the literary texts the operas (and the movie) draw on? It is partly their formal and linguistic qualities and partly their relation to history. Each of the literary works we study reflects the crisis of authority dating from the French Revolution; each of the operas in some way "manages" historical experience by creating aesthetic pleasure. We will see how.

When Offered Fall.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (CA-AS)

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  •   Combined with: COML 3971ENGL 3713

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18476ROMS 3971  SEM 101