Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Beyond ReasonWagner contra Nietzsche$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Karol Berger

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520292758

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520292758.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 28 June 2022

Tristan und Isolde

Tristan und Isolde

The Erotic Utopia

(p.193) 3 Tristan und Isolde
Beyond Reason

Karol Berger

University of California Press

Tristan und Isolde (1857-59) put this revolutionary optimism of the Ring into question. Prompted in part by his disillusionment with the failed revolution and in part by his enthusiastic reading of Schopenhauer, Wagner now realized that the erotic love that was supposed to provide the foundations of the new post-revolutionary society was singularly unsuited for this role. Eros turned out to be a cruel deity inexorably driving its devotees to transcend the finite daily realm of customary social rights and obligations and ecstatically enter the infinite metaphysical night of nothingness.

Keywords:   Eros, irrationalism, nothingness, Arthur Schopenhauer, Tristan und Isolde, Richard Wagner, will

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.