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via ZOOM - From Wagner to Literary Modernity

A Zoom streaming event of our in-person lecture; Bill Pastor will discuss his recently published book "Three Pillars of Modern Western Culture" which demonstrates Wagner's impact on Joyce's 'Ulysses' and Proust's 'In Search of Lost Time' in the use of leitmotif, endless melody, and Gesamtkunstwerk.

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via ZOOM - From Wagner to Literary Modernity
via ZOOM - From Wagner to Literary Modernity


Mar 17, 2022, 7:30 PM

Online via Zoom


William Pastor: Three Pillars of Modern Western Culture: Wagner, Joyce and Proust.

In his recently published book, the author elucidates Wagner’s enormous impact on modern literature, most

specifically on James Joyce's monumental Ulysses and Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time.  Three of Wagner’s artistic innovations,leitmotifs, Endless Melody, and  Gesamtkunstwerk, played major roles in the authors’ presentation of  time, interior monologue, and the subconscious. Bill will present  musical excerpts from Wagner's works, and textual excamples from these  two literary masterpieces. Click here to purchase a copy of the book.

Deb Diamond, one of our board members, has written a thoughtful review. Click here to read it.

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