KEYNOTE: ALEX ROSS

EDWARD W. SAID DAYS 2021

Artists

Alex Ross

Keynote Speaker

Mena Mark Hanna

Introduction

Alex Ross
Wagner and his Others: Jewish, Black, Feminist, and Gay Wagnerians at the Fin-de-siècle

American author and music critic Alex Ross explores a fundamental ambiguity in Richard Wagner’s legacy: on the one hand, his notorious role as a fount and figurehead of nationalist, racist, and patriarchal values; and, on the other, his strong hold on the imaginations of writers and thinkers from marginalized groups. Tracing the spread of Wagnerian antisemitism in the late 19th-century alongside countervailing trends of Wagnerian decadence and eroticism, Ross weaves together the various strains of the composer’s complex legacy vis-à-vis the subaltern, portraying a Wagnerism that is more than the sum of its parts. 

In English with simultaneous German translation. Headphones will be provided. A valid photo ID (or alternatively € 20) must be presented as a security deposit.

Promoter & ticket sales

Pierre Boulez Saal | Französische Straße 33 D, Berlin, Germany

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