Opera, Sex and Other Vital Matters (Robinson) 0-226-72183-3
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Opera, Sex and Other Vital Matters (Robinson) 0-226-72183-3
B1683. Paul Robinson. Opera, Sex and Other Vital Matters. University of Chicago Press, 2002. 332pp. Index. (Pictorial thick paper covers) - 0-226-72183-3 9780226721835

CRITIC REVIEW:

“The 17 erudite and accessible essays in OPERA, SEX, AND OTHER VITAL MATTERS probe Stanford University humanities professor Paul Robinson's (Gay Lives) long-time obsessions—the two named in the title, plus a third: Sigmund Freud. In both previously published and new pieces, Robinson weighs in on such matters as Orientalism in AÏDA; Richard Strauss's maligned later works; opera queens; sex studies; Freud and feminism; sexuality in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four; and the strange, compelling qualities of cats. Whether arguing that Beethoven's FIDELIO is actually the orchestrated history of the French Revolution or considering student-teacher relationships, Robinson offers both intimate anecdotes and a whirlwind tours through modern intellectual history.”

- Zillah D. Akron