[SydPhil] Eternal Feminine

Matthew Del Nevo mdelnevo at cis.catholic.edu.au
Mon Oct 14 10:23:07 AEDT 2013

The first session Verdi and the Eternal Feminine in La Traviata is coming up Saturday Oct 19 from 12.00-4.00
At WEA on 72 Bathurst Street behind Town Hall station. Tel 9264 2781. Cost $84 for both 4 hour sessions (also concessions available).

Philosopher Matthew Del Nevo will be looking at a performance of La Traviata in which, he will seek to show, Tantric ideals of sexual complementarity and difference are demonstrated in sound and expression.  Matthew will also explain, as he works through the opera, how these Tantric ideas that we hear correspond with love notions/potions in the Western troubadour tradition of Catholic Europe, the tradition of Courtly Love, when a new definition of love was formed in the West for the first time. In the East this love is pictured as a Mandala. In his considerations Jacques Lacan considers Courtly Love as anamorphosis. Matthew wonders about the status of this difference in culture.

More info:


Matthew Del Nevo
Associate Professor
Department of  Philosophy
Catholic Institute of Sydney
99 Albert Rd
Strathfield NSW 2135
Phone: + 612 9752 9518
Fax: + 612 9746 3998

A Member Institute of the Sydney College of Divinity
SCD CRICOS Registration 02948J

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