Night and Light in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and Novalis's Hymnen an die Nacht: Inversion and Transfiguration

  title={Night and Light in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and Novalis's Hymnen an die Nacht: Inversion and Transfiguration},
  author={Jill Scott},
  journal={University of Toronto Quarterly},
  pages={774 - 780}
  • Jill Scott
  • Published 1998
  • Philosophy
  • University of Toronto Quarterly
Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde is an opera obsessed with the great dramatic dialectic and operatic imperative of love and death, eros and thanatos, though it is no less dominated by the opposition of night and light, which figures as a unifying leitmotif throughout the literature of German Romanticism.l There is no consensus among scholars regarding the status of Wagner's Tristan as either wholly Romantic, as Thomas Mann thought, or as an lend to all Romanticism,' as in the eyes of Richard… Expand
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