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Mad Loves Hardcover – November 15, 2000

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"While Hadlock's reading of Hoffman against its sources affords many keen insights, her reading of the opera against itself is even more revealing . . . A work of scintillating intelligence and endlessly intriguing possibilities."--M. Lignana Rosenberg, Opera News

"In keeping with Offenbach's hybrid work, this book moves freely across academic borders--alongside the opera's literary origins sit historical and biographical contexts, and intertwined with straightforward musicology is feminist theory and philosophy. . . . If you love the opera, and are not frightened of some solid intellectual abstractions, here is something for your bookshelves."--Julia Hollander, Opera Now

"[An] attractive study of Offenbach's most enduring opera. . . . [L]overs of Offenbach's masterpiece will enjoy the ride . . . garnering insights into one of the most enjoyable and problematic operas in the central repertory."--Byron Nelson, Opera Quarterly

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"Mad Loves offers us a prolonged meditation on Offenbach's final masterpiece, one in which we are often reminded, both elegantly and persuasively, of the diversity of cultural messages an opera can carry. This is one of the most impressive examples of operatic criticism to have appeared in the past decade, and a book that will definitely appeal to a broad range of opera enthusiasts."--Roger Parker, St. John's College, Cambridge

"Heather Hadlock has produced a charming book on one of the central operas of the standard repertory. Mad Loves engages with the pleasures afforded by Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, that is, it does not ignore the basis for the piece's popularity in an attempt at salvaging it for the sake of formalist music theory. Yet it also interrogates key aspects of the opera in ways that open it up to serious cultural criticism. The book should attract, stimulate, and delight both scholars from across the humanities and the many opera enthusiasts who love to read about their favorite works."--Susan McClary, University of California, Los Angeles


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