The Wagner Journal, 'Freud and Parsifal', Vol. 11, No. 2


'Freud and Parsifal' is a co-publication journal between The Wagner Journal and the Freud Museum.

Based on papers given at the Freud Museum conference 'Wagner's Parsifal and the Challange to Psychoanalysis', this special edition of The Wagner Journal brings together scholarly articles by musicologists, intellectual historians and psychoanalysts, in order to plot the relationship between Wagner's last masterpiece 'Parsifal', and the Freudian project.

This is essential reading for anyone interested in the relationship between these two great pioneers of modernism, and indeed anyone who is interested in the mutual dialogue between art and psychoanalysis.

As Wagner expert Barry Millington has asserted, like Freud, “Wagner was grappling ... with fundamental psychosexual issues that affect us all”; in this unique publication, those links are elaborated and discussed with illuminating insight.

Papers include: 

  • Ivan Ward - 'Parsifal' as Castration Drama
  • Tom DeRose - Wagner, Freud and Nietzsche in Berlin
  • Stephen Gee - Wagner's 'Parsifal': A Hymn of Purity and Danger
  • Extract from Totem and Taboo
  • Eva Rieger - Kundry's Kiss and the Fear of Female Desire: A Gender Perspective
  • Mark Berry - Interpreting Wagner's Dreams: Staging 'Parsifal' in the 21st Century
  • Patrick Carnegy - Syberberg's 'Parsifal' and the Soul of Germany

...and reviews of recent Wagner productions and publications.

Format: Paperback

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