Temptations of Faust is a theoretical analysis of the conceptual paradigms that allowed German fascism to emerge in a highly civilized nation. Analyzing these paradigms through the dual lens of Thomas Mann's novel Doctor Faustus, his self-confessed parable of fascism about the avant-garde composer Adrian Leverknhn, and Theodor W. Adorno's Philosophy of Modern Music, this cultural study draws on aesthetic, sociohistorical, political, and philosophical discourses to conclude that German fascism is at once continuous and discontinuous with the emancipatory ambitions of modernity. Drawing on Adorno's sociohistorical critique of avant-garde music, Cobley connects Leverknhn's radical aesthetic innovation with Hitler's radical reconfiguration of Germany's administrative apparatus and discovers that postmodern processes of fragmentation may well remain complicit with the totalizing tendencies they seek to disrupt. This lucid and sophisticated book demonstrates that Doctor Faustus provides a more astute understanding of German fascism than Mann is usually given credit for.
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Evelyn Cobley is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Victoria.Review:
'A remarkable amalgam of detailed reading, sound historical scholarship, and theoretical sophistication...What Professor Cobley has done is to read Mann's Doctor Faustus as a master-text in which can be deciphered a virtual cultural, political, and ideological history of Germany and beyond. Her historico-conceptual reach extends from Beethoven to postmodernism, even as her constant focus is a single book considered as a parable of fascism.'(Geoffrey Harpham, Department of English, Tulane University)
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Descrizione libro University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 2002. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 1. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0802036570
Descrizione libro Univ of Toronto Pr, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Brand New. 1st edition. 312 pages. 9.25x6.25x1.25 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria 0802036570