„The tales of Hoffmann” — a Dark Romantic opera Cover Image

„Opowieści Hoffmanna” — opera czarnoromantyczna
„The tales of Hoffmann” — a Dark Romantic opera

Author(s): Karolina Hołda
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Polish Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The article is an attempt at presenting an unusual history of „The tales of Hoffmann” — the opera by Jacques Offenbach, which — through the person of the protagonist, i.e. Ernest Teodor Amadeusz Hoffmann, whose prose was at the same time the inspiration for the libretto’s content — may fit stylistically into the trend referred to as “Dark Romanticism.” The author, while tracing the process of the creation of this opera, examines the biographies of its authors and follows, what is interesting especially for literary scholars, philological turbulences that resulted in the fact that the last work of Offenbach is referred to as ‘unknown’, although — paradoxically — it is one of the most frequently performed opera works. The article also comprises an analysis of the objects and themes associated with Dark Romanticism that constitute the axes of successive opera acts.

  • Page Range: 142-161
  • Page Count: 20
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish