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Cult of the will : nervousness and German modernity

Author: Michael J Cowan
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Cult of the Will is the first comprehensive study of modernity's preoccupation with willpower. From Nietzsche's 'will to power' to the fantasy of a 'triumph of the will' under Nazism, the will -- its pathologies and potential cures -- was a topic of urgent debates in European modernity. In this study, Michael Cowan examines the emergence of 'will therapy' and its impact on arts and culture in Germany after 1900.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Will
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Cowan, Michael J., 1971-
Cult of the will.
University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)609220973
Named Person: Alfred Kubin; Kubin, Alfred <Künstler>
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael J Cowan
ISBN: 9780271032061 0271032065 9780271058733 0271058730
OCLC Number: 173299072
Description: ix, 343 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Reimagining the will in the age of nervousness --
Capitalism and Abulia --
Entr'acte : willpower in the age of enterprise --
Healing the will : popular medicine and the emergence of will therapy --
Training the will : gymnastics and body culture --
Educating the will : reform pedagogy and the school of rhythm --
Mapping the will : European nervousness and American willpower in Alfred Kubin's "Die Andere Seite" --
Afterword: Notes on the persistence of will therapy.
Responsibility: Michael Cowan.
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