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Author Fishzon, Anna, author.

Title Fandom, authenticity, and opera : mad acts and letter scenes in fin-de-siècle Russia / by Anna Fishzon.

Publication Info. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 273 pages) : illustrations
Series Palgrave studies in cultural and intellectual history
Palgrave studies in cultural and intellectual history.
Summary In Russia at the turn of the twentieth century, printed literature and performances - from celebrity narratives and opera fandom to revolutionary acts and political speeches - frequently articulated extreme emotional states and passionate belief. A uniquely intense approach to public life and private expression - the 'melodramatic imagination' - is at the center of this study. Previously, scholars have only indirectly addressed the everyday appropriation of melodramatic aesthetics in Russia, choosing to concentrate on canonical texts and producers of mass culture. Collective fantasies and affects are daunting objects of study, difficult to render, and almost impossible to prove empirically. Music and art historians, with some notable exceptions, have been reluctant to discuss reception for similar reasons. By analyzing the artifacts and practices of a commercialized opera culture, author Anna Fishzon provides a solution to these challenges. Her focus on celebrity and fandom as features of the melodramatic imagination helps illuminate Russian modernity and provides the groundwork for comparative studies of fin-de-sïcle European popular and high culture, selfhood, authenticity, and political theater.
Contents 1. Entrepreneurs and the Public Mission of Russian Private Opera -- 2. Russia's New Celebrities: Off-stage Narrative and Performance -- 3. Deviant Audiences and the Feminization of Fandom -- 4. Authenticity in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, or, How the Gramophone Made Everyday Life Operatic -- 5. Fan Letters, Melodrama, and the Meaning of Love -- Epilogue.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-260).
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Subject Opera -- Russia -- 19th century.
Opera audiences -- Russia -- History -- 19th century.
Music fans -- Russia.
MUSIC -- Instruction & Study -- Voice.
MUSIC -- Lyrics.
MUSIC -- Printed Music -- Vocal.
Social & cultural history -- Russia -- 20th century.
Opera -- Russia -- 20th century.
History.
Music fans.
Opera.
Opera audiences.
Russia.
Chronological Term 1800-1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
History.
Other Form: Print version: Fishzon, Anna. Fandom, authenticity, and opera. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012 9781137023445 (OCoLC)792747596
ISBN 9781137023452 (electronic bk.)
1137023457 (electronic bk.)
9781137023445 (hbk.)
1137023449 (hbk.)