ERIC Number: EJ1029503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Beyond the Glockenspiel: Teaching Race and Gender in Mozart's "Zauberflöte"
Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, v47 n1 p1-13 Spr 2014
"Die Zauberflöte" is simultaneously one of Mozart's most accessible and most complex operas. Yet while this duality makes it a potentially valuable cultural artifact for the language classroom, students' unfamiliarity with both its operatic genre and Enlightenment context can pose a challenge to teachers. This article functions as a historical backdrop and teaching guide, offering a focused look at the opera's treatment of two of its central themes that remain relevant today: gender and race. By comparing the treatment of these social issues seen in "Der Zauberflöte" and with contemporary German pop songs, we can help students peer beyond the surface-level entertainment of the opera, giving them both a richer understanding of its Enlightenment context while adding a new layer with which to understand contemporary German and U.S. culture.
Descriptors: Opera, Classical Music, Sex, Race, Music, Comparative Analysis, History, Second Language Instruction, German
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