LINDA HUTCHEON AND MICHAEL HUTCHEON:
OPERA: DESIRE, DISEASE, DEATH
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA PRESS; 294 PAGES; approx. $58.
THIS BOOK, A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT BY professors in the disparate disciplines of literary theory and medicine, brings a relatively new dimension to the study of opera and thereby immeasurably enhances our appreciation of this intriguing and complex art form.
The authors' approach to the study of opera and disease is influenced by post - modernist cultural studies and firmly roots opera and its creation in the cultural and societal context in which it is produced. Too often, as the Hutcheons note, opera is understood as performance art -- …