The Undergrounds of The Phantom of the Opera

Sublimation and the Gothic in Leroux’s Novel and Its Progeny

  • Authors
  • Jerrold E. Hogle

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. The Novel

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jerrold E. Hogle
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    3. Jerrold E. Hogle
      Pages 41-65
    4. Jerrold E. Hogle
      Pages 67-102
    5. Jerrold E. Hogle
      Pages 103-131
  3. The Major Adaptations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Jerrold E. Hogle
      Pages 135-152
    3. Jerrold E. Hogle
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    5. Jerrold E. Hogle
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    6. Jerrold E. Hogle
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 241-262

About this book


This is the most comprehensive analytical study ever done of The Phantom of the Opera in its many different versions from the original Gaston Leroux novel to the present day. It proposes answers to the question, 'why do we keep needing this story told and retold in the Western world?' by revealing the history of deep cultural tensions that underlie the novel and each major adaptation. Using extensive historical and textual evidence and drawing on perspectives from several theories of cultural study, this book argues that we need this tale told and reconfigured because it provides us ways to both confront and disguise how we have fashioned our senses of identity in the Western middle class. The Phantom of the Opera - in varying ways over time - turns out like the 'Gothic' tradition it extends, to be deeply connected to Western self-fashioning in the face of conflicted attitudes about class, gender, race, religious beliefs, Freudian psychology, economic and international tensions, and especially the shifting and permeable boundaries between 'high' and 'low' culture. This book should interest all students of the history of Western culture, as well as those especially fascinated by Gothic fiction, opera, musical theatre, and film.


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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-63410-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-11288-0
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