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Wagner Beyond Good and Evil$
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John Deathridge

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520254534

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520254534.001.0001

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Wagner Lives: Issues in Autobiography

Wagner Lives: Issues in Autobiography

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

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520254534.003.0001

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

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