The Debts of Divine Music in Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen

  title={The Debts of Divine Music in Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen},
  author={J. Herbert},
  journal={Critical Inquiry},
  pages={677 - 708}
The charge bites with the instant veracity of the best of his aphorisms. “All of Wagner’s heroines,” quipped Nietzsche in his late and vicious essayDer Fall Wagner, “without exception, as soon as they are stripped of their heroic skin, become almost indistinguishable from Madame Bovary!” Yes, of course! Without her armored breastplate the goddess Fricka shrinks down to the measure of a Biedermeier housewife, worried into fits about her philandering husband and their mismanaged Haushalt. Gods… Expand
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