WorldCat Identities

Cordingly, John

Works: 1 works in 9 publications in 1 language and 422 library holdings
Genres: Music criticism and reviews 
Roles: Author
Classifications: MT95, 782.10269
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Cordingly
Disordered heroes in opera : a psychiatric report by John Cordingly( )

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opera depicts extreme emotional states. Taking a novel and challenging approach that combines scientific diagnostic approaches with literary and musical analysis, John Cordingly examines the disordered personalities of twelve male operatic protagonists. On the one hand, he gathers together varied historical opinions on the contentious concept of personality disorder. On the other hand, he assesses operatic protagonists through music, words and performance, as well as through source material and in some cases the biographies of the works' creators. He does not view his protagonists as 'mad'. But are they bad, or are they Byronic heroes, he asks? Should they be punished or are they in need of treatment? And what is their sexuality? From the hubristic Otello and Boris Godunov to the psychopathic Iago and John Claggart; from the schizoid Wozzeck and Peter Grimes to the borderline Werther and Herman; from the narcissistic Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin to the repressed and melancholic Faust and Gustav von Aschenbach, Cordingly places human nature under the psychiatric spotlight. In their diversity and complexity, he shows how these men reflect timeless aspects of us all
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Audience level: 0.35 (from 0.35 for Disordered ... to 0.35 for Disordered ...)