Culture and Sacrifice: Ritual Death in Literature and Opera

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Human sacrifice has fascinated Western writers since the beginnings of European literature. It is prominent in Greek epic and tragedy, and returned to haunt writers after the discovery of the Aztec mass sacrifices. It has been treated by some of the greatest creative geniuses, including Shakespeare and Wagner, and was a major topic in the works of many Modernists, such as D. H. Lawrence and Stravinsky. In literature, human sacrifice is often used to express a writer's reaction to the residue of barbarism in his own culture. ...

Culture and Sacrifice: Ritual Death in Literature and Opera 2011, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9781107402911

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Culture and Sacrifice: Ritual Death in Literature and Opera 2007, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780521867337

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