Richard Wagner (1813-1883) has often been regarded as a symbol of «Germanness.» Despite this view, few studies have been undertaken regarding his nationalistic thinking. Imagined Germany focuses on Wagner's idea of Deutschtum, especially during the unification of Germany, 1864-1871. Salmi discusses how Wagner defined Germanness, what stereotypes, ideas, and sentiments he attached to it, and what kind of state could realize Wagner's national ideals.
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The Author: Hannu Salmi is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Turku in Finland. He has published numerous articles on the history of music in Finalnd and Germany, but is also known as a historian of film and popular culture. At the moment, he is preparing a study on Richard Wagner's reception in the Baltic Sea area.Review:
«Salmi makes an important contribution to our understanding of one of the most fascinating artistic figures in German politics and culture, particularly his political role.» (Michael Meyer, California State University, Northridge)
«Salmi lays forever to rest the myth, propagated by some of Wagner's older apologists and by many of his more recent critics, that there existed a communality of interests between Wagner and Bismarck, as well as between the new 'Reich' and the Wagnerian cultural enterprise. Salmi shows, more clearly than anyone has done thus far, how Wagner at first styled himself as the 'most German of Germans' only to realize, in the end, that he had been crucified 'am Kreuz des deutschen Gedankens'.» (Hans Rudolf Vaget, Smith College)
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Book Description Peter Lang New York, 1999. gr.8°, 229 S. OPbd. Schönes Exemplar Versand von Zürich aus möglich. Bookseller Inventory # 59844