Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Wagner Beyond Good and Evil$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

John Deathridge

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520254534

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520254534.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 26 July 2021

Wagner Lives: Issues in Autobiography

Wagner Lives: Issues in Autobiography

(p.3) 1. Wagner Lives: Issues in Autobiography
Wagner Beyond Good and Evil

John Deathridge

University of California Press

This chapter takes a look at Wagner's own portrayals of his life, some issues they raise, the philosophical spirit in they were attempted, and their effect on the generation that came immediately after him. In terms of genuine autobiography, Wagner's life remains a fragment. The candor of his writings about himself and misunderstandings of their raison d'etre helped to create the myth of two apparently irreconcilable Wagners that is still the line of least resistance in any untroubled admiration of his art. The naive separation of the “so-called genius” from reality, and also from a direct warts-and-all subjectivism well beyond romanticism, was one he rejected. It is exactly this insight, however, together with his skeptical view of the role of autobiography in the nineteenth century that places Wagner's narratives about himself among the most remarkable and under appreciated of modern autobiographical testimonies.

Keywords:   Wagner, autobiography, subjectivism, romanticism, testimonies

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.