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Dreaming with Open Eyes : Opera, Aesthetics, and Perception in Arcadian Rome.

Author: Ayana O Smith
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Dreaming with Open Eyes examines visual symbolism in late seventeenth-century Italian opera, contextualizing the genre amid the broad ocularcentric debates emerging at the crossroads of the early modern period and the Enlightenment. Ayana O. Smith reevaluates significant aspects of the Arcadian reform aesthetic and establishes a historically informed method of opera criticism for modern scholars and interpreters.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Smith, Ayana O.
Dreaming with Open Eyes : Opera, Aesthetics, and Perception in Arcadian Rome.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ayana O Smith
ISBN: 9780520970403 0520970403
OCLC Number: 1082253097
Description: 1 online resource (327 pages)
Contents: Cover; Dreaming with Open Eyes; Title; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; List of Figures; List of Musical Examples; Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART ONE. THE IMAGE OF TRUTH; 1. Founding Arcadia: The Aesthetics of Verisimilitude and Buon Gusto; 2. Performing L'Endimione: A History and Reappraisal of Guidi's Favola pastorale; 3. Reading the Classics: Intellectual and Cultural Resonances in Gravina's Discorso sopra l'Endimione; PART TWO. THE TRUTH OF REPRESENTATION; 4. Reconciling Icon, Mythos, and Tupos: The Role of Images in L'Endimione 5. Believing in Opera: Visual Modes in Alessandro Scarlatti's La Statira6. Deceiving the Eye: Mirror, Statue, and Stone in Carlo Francesco Pollarolo's La forza della virtù; Epilogue: Constructing Gender and Politics; Queen Christina's Image; Notes; Bibliography; Index
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Dreaming with Open Eyes examines visual symbolism in late seventeenth-century Italian opera, contextualizing the genre amid the broad ocularcentric debates emerging at the crossroads of the early modern period and the Enlightenment. Ayana O. Smith reevaluates significant aspects of the Arcadian reform aesthetic and establishes a historically informed method of opera criticism for modern scholars and interpreters. Unfolding in a narrative fashion, the text explores facets of the philosophical and literary background and concludes with close readings of text and music, using visual symbolism to.

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