Opera and the Political Imaginary in Old Regime France

This discussion is also influenced by Tomlinson, Metaphysical Song, 47–61; and Basterra, Seductions of Fate. 59. Basterra, Seductions of Fate, 40, 101, 58. 60. On judicial reform efforts, see Royer, Histoire de la justice en France, ...


Author: Olivia Bloechl

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226522753

Category: History

Page: 301

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From its origins in the 1670s through the French Revolution, serious opera in France was associated with the power of the absolute monarchy, and its ties to the crown remain at the heart of our understanding of this opera tradition (especially its foremost genre, the tragédie en musique). In Opera and the Political Imaginary in Old Regime France, however, Olivia Bloechl reveals another layer of French opera’s political theater. The make-believe worlds on stage, she shows, involved not just fantasies of sovereign rule but also aspects of government. Plot conflicts over public conduct, morality, security, and law thus appear side-by-side with tableaus hailing glorious majesty. What’s more, opera’s creators dispersed sovereign-like dignity and powers well beyond the genre’s larger-than-life rulers and gods, to its lovers, magicians, and artists. This speaks to the genre’s distinctive combination of a theological political vocabulary with a concern for mundane human capacities, which is explored here for the first time. By looking at the political relations among opera characters and choruses in recurring scenes of mourning, confession, punishment, and pardoning, we can glimpse a collective political experience underlying, and sometimes working against, ancienrégime absolutism. Through this lens, French opera of the period emerges as a deeply conservative, yet also more politically nuanced, genre than previously thought.

The Subject of Freedom

See Basterra, “Tragic Autonomy Meets Ethical Heteronomy,” in Seductions of Fate, 131–68. 147. “To be without a choice can seem to be violence only to an abusive or hasty and imprudent reflection, for it precedes the freedom non-freedom ...


Author: Gabriela Basterra

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 9780823265169

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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Is freedom our most essential belonging, the intimate source of self-mastery, an inalienable right? Or is it something foreign, an other that constitutes subjectivity, a challenge to our notion of autonomy? To Basterra, the subjectivity we call free embodies a relationship with an irreducible otherness that at once exceeds it and animates its core. Tracing Kant’s concept of freedom from the Critique of Pure Reason to his practical works, Basterra elaborates his most revolutionary insights by setting them in dialogue with Levinas’s Otherwise than Being. Levinas’s text, she argues, offers a deep critique of Kant that follows the impulse of his thinking to its most promising consequences. The complex concepts of freedom, autonomy, and subjectivity that emerge from this dialogue have the potential to energize today’s ethical and political thinking.

Seductions of Fate

Seductions of Fate stages a dialogue between this tragic agent of political emancipation and the unconditional ethical demands it seeks to evade.


Author: G. Basterra

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230508194

Category: Philosophy

Page: 215

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If the tragic interpretation of experience is still so current, despite its disastrous ethical consequences, it is because it shapes our subjectivity. Instead of contradicting the ideals of autonomy and freedom, a modern subjectivity based on self-victimization in effect enables them. By embracing subjection to an alienating other (the Law, Power) the autonomous subject protects its sameness from the disruption of real people. Seductions of Fate stages a dialogue between this tragic agent of political emancipation and the unconditional ethical demands it seeks to evade.

Literary Seductions

The fate of destinations and addresses fascinated Mandelstam. In an early essay published in Apollon, he wrote about the unknown destination of each poem. The reader was an anonymous addressee– where was the poem going?


Author: Frances Wilson

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781466875746

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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We have all surrendered ourselves to the world that writing creates. Eudora Welty once observed that her mother read the works of Charles Dickens in the same spirit with which she would have eloped with him. Some of us remember our first novel with more pleasurable vividness than our first kiss. Many of us go to on-line chat rooms, looking for love with our keyboard. And most of us have tried to seduce with words--reciting that Shakespeare sonnet or composing that Valentine's Day poem with tremulous hope. All writing seeks to ensnare the reader in its embrace. As Frances Wilson also proves in this engaging, enlightening, and provocative new book, writing can also ensnare the writers themselves. Highlighting the lives and loves of celebrated literary couples, Literary Seductions reveals the depth of their passion for language--their own as well as their partner's. Taking as a point of departure the legendary courtship of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett, a courtship conceived on the printed page, Wilson explores how easily, how seductively, literary desire becomes sexual desire and vice versa. "Literary seductions," she writes, are "violent, extreme, and irreversible." Not all reading seduces, not all writing inflames. But when they do, what is written ceases to be merely an arrangement of symbols on a page. The word has been made flesh. Lady Caroline Lamb and Lord Byron, Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller, Laura Riding and Robert Graves, Osip and Nadzheda Mandelstam, W. B. and Georgie Yeats were all in the grip of a compulsion for writing and reading, enmeshed in words. Miller called his relationship with Nin, a "literary fuck-fest"; for Riding and Graves, it took on the self-destructive (and self-conscious) melodrama of a Russian novel; for the Mandelstams, it was a life-giving (if self-sacrificing) bond in a precarious world; for George and W. B. Yeats, it offered sexual stimulus. The couplings of verbs and nouns do more than precede coupling; they comprise it. Literary Seductions is itself a seductive book. The elegant power of Wilson's arguments, the rigor of her research, and the delights of her prose enthrall the reader. Here is intellectual engagement and readerly pleasure rolled into one.

Dark Seduction

And she realized she considered her journey through time to be fate. “I have the gift o' sight at times, but I dinna ken what the Ancients intend fer ye. They have nay let me see.” He stared intently at her. “My suggestion be this.


Author: Brenda Joyce

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 9781460301890

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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Malcolm of Dunroch is a newly chosen Master, a novice to his extraordinary—and dangerous—powers. But he has already broken his vows—and a young woman’s death is on his hands. Malcolm is determined to fight his darkest desires, denying himself all pleasure…until fate sends him another Innocent, the beautiful bookseller Claire Camden. Since her mother’s murder, Claire has done everything possible to make a safe, secure life for herself in a city where danger lurks on every street corner, especially in the dark of night. But nothing can prepare her for the powerful and sexual medieval warrior who sweeps her back into his time—a treacherous, frightening world where the hunters and the hunted are one and the same. Claire needs Malcolm to survive, yet she must somehow keep the dangerously seductive Master at arm’s length. For Malcolm’s soul is at stake—and fulfilling his desires could prove fatal….

Dark Seduction Box Set

This time, I was not going to ask that stupid, fate-tempting question, Could things possibly get any worse? Because if I did... kablam! Fate would find a way to do it. I spent the entire morning alone—well, except for the other gods ...


Author: Kendra Leigh Castle

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781538715871

Category: Fiction

Page: 1200

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A box set of five paranormal romance novels that will slay you! Dark Awakening, by Kendra Leigh Castle When a feud among the immortals escalates into all-out war, Tynan MacGillivray is ordered by his ruthless queen to locate a Seer who can secure victory for their clan. Ty's search leads him to a quiet New England town, but once he has the Seer in his grasp, her touch awakens within him a hunger like he's never known . . . Pleasure Unbound, by Larissa Ione Tayla Mancuso is a demon-slayer who lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise. The head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire, but she knows she must betray the surgeon who saved her life. Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman, yet she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. With his need to find the perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, will Eidolon dare the unthinkable-and let Tayla possess him, body and soul? Dragon Fall, by Katie MacAlister Aoife Dakar sees extraordinary things . . . too bad no one else believes that she witnessed a supernatural murder. Returning to the scene for proof, Aoife encounters a gloriously naked man who can shift into a dragon. Kostya has no time for a human woman, no matter how gorgeous she is. But to survive the coming battle for the fate of his race, he needs a mate of true heart and soul . . . Accidentally in Love with a...God?, by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff Emma Keane is your average city girl. There's just one thing setting her apart: the disembodied male voice speaking to her through her mind. Sounds kind of crazy? But crazy turns downright deadly when the voice persuades her to travel to the wilds of the Mayan jungle. There she will free his body-his incredibly hot, muscled, naked body.

Forever with You The Sweet Taste of Seduction

Then again, this more than likely wasn't the work of fate at all. This was probably the workings of the universe. Payback for putting a ripple in its harmony the day before with her sour behavior. “Shayna said you wouldn't be here until ...


Author: Kianna Alexander

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 9781488034350

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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FOREVER WITH YOU Savion Monroe’s serious business exterior hides his creative spirit—and only Jazmin Boyd has access. Beautiful, sophisticated and guarding a secret of her own, the television producer evokes a fiery passion that dares the guarded CEO to pursue his dream. But when she accidentally exposes Savion’s hidden talent on air for all the world to see, will he turn his back on stardom and the woman he loves? THE SWEET TASTE OF SEDUCTION Delanie Atwater’s unexpected inheritance comes with hidden dangers—like her irresistible rancher neighbor, who offers his expertise. Soon the sprawling North Carolina vineyard isn’t all Ray Cavanaugh is bringing back to life. But even as he awakens Delanie’s dormant passion, she uncovers a plot to buy her legacy out from under her. This leaves Delanie questioning if her relationship with Ray can truly survive this test.

Law in the Courts of Love

Law, as the discourse of fate as judgment, becomes a discourse of seduction. Fate seduces in the form of singularity and it is the task of an itinerant judge to follow that which fate has presented to be decided.


Author: Peter Goodrich

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134925797

Category: History

Page: 237

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Law in the Courts of Love traces the literary history and diversity of past legal systems. These 'minor jurisprudences' range from the spiritual laws of the courts of conscience to the code and judgements of love handed down by women's courts in medieval France. Professor Goodrich presents the 15th Century Courts of Love in Paris as one instance of an alternative jurisdiction drawn from the diversities of the legal and literary past. Their textual records are correspondingly mixed in genre, being in the form of poems, narratives, plays, treaties and judicial decisions. More broadly, these studies trace certain boundaries of modern law and make up one of many forms of legal knowledge which escape today's vision of a unitary law. The author believes that the unquesionable faith in a unity law and its distance from person and emotion is precisely what makes impossible the attention to the individual that justice ultimately requires. Law in the Courts of Love shows how the historical diversity of forms and procedures of law can competently form the basis for critical revisions of contemporary legal doctrine and professional practice. This book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students of law and literature, critical legal studies and legal history, or anyone wishing to specialise in feminist legal theory.

The Seduction of Place

... merely concerned with the “dressing” for it, with facade, a “facing” for the underlying realities, it is worth remembering that we all get the faces we deserve. My face has certainly had its effect on my fate, 10 THE SEDUCTION OF PLACE.


Author: Joseph Rykwert

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192805546

Category: Architecture

Page: 337

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What do our cities say about us? What have we made them, and how ought they to be? How has our vision of the city evolved over time, and can we really influence change and effect improvements?In this vibrant cultural history of the city, Joseph Rykwert explores the great cities of the modern world, examining their fabric and assessing how successfully they have met the needs of their inhabitants. From the teeming city centres of the industrial revolution to the exclusive gated suburbs ofthe 21st century, from the Parisian boulevards of Haussmann to the 'green' architecture of Emilio Ambasz, Rykwert charts the complex story of the growth of the city, setting architectural development firmly within a political, economic, social, and cultural context.Drawing on examples from Brasilia to Islamabad, Shanghai to Houston, Rykwert presents a fascinating analysis of urban growth, arguing forcefully that as voters and consumers we need to consider the economic, social, and cultural implications of developments and demonstrate our resistance to them ifnecessary. The arguments over the future of the Ground Zero site in Manhattan encapsulate the conflicting demands of civic pride and public utility set against private gain that vie for dominance in the 21st century, and exemplify the choices that, as citizens, we must all eventually make.

Freud and His Critics

It rests on the assumption that Freud's conviction about the reality or unreality of Eckstein's childhood seduction was uniquely decisive for the fate of the seduction theory—more decisive, that is, than his conviction about the ...


Author: Paul Robinson

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 9780520302501

Category: Psychology

Page: 294

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Wars against Freud were waged along virtually every front in the 1980s. In Freud and His Critics, Paul Robinson takes on three of Freud's most formidable detractors, mounting a thoughtful, witty, and ultimately devastating critique of the historian of science Frank Sulloway, the psychoanalyst Jeffrey Masson, and the philosopher Adolf Grünbaum. Frank Sulloway contends that Freud took most of his ideas from Darwin and other contemporary thinkers—that he was something of a closet biologist. Jeffrey Masson charges that Freud caved in to peer pressure when he abandoned his early seduction theory (which Masson believes was correct) in favor of the theory of infantile sexuality. Adolf Grünbaum impugns Freud's claim to have grounded his ideas—especially the idea of the unconscious—on solid empirical foundations. Under Robinson's rigorous cross-examination, the evidence of these three accusers proves ambiguous and their arguments biased by underlying assumptions and ideological commitments. Robinson concludes that the anti-Freudian writings of Sulloway, Masson, and Grünbaum reveal more about their authors' prejudices—and about the Zeitgeist of the 1980s—than they do about Freud. Indeed, they fundamentally distort and diminish Freud, pointedly ignoring his remarkable historical achievement—the invention of a new way of thinking about the self that has revolutionized the modern imagination. This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press’s mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1993.