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A Diagnosis of Modern Life : Robert Musil's Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften as a Critical-Utopian Project.

Author: Stijn De Cauwer
Publisher: Brüssel : P.I.E.-Peter Lang S.A, 2014.
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Robert Musil's Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften is not only a towering masterpiece of German literature but also an impressively rich and razor-sharp assessment of life in the beginning of the twentieth century. Musil can be regarded as one of the most original and hard-hitting cultural critics of his time. This book explores in detail the cultural critique at work in Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften. Firstly, the place of  Read more...
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De Cauwer, Stijn.
A Diagnosis of Modern Life : Robert Musil's Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften as a Critical-Utopian Project.
Brüssel : P.I.E.-Peter Lang S.A, ©2014
Named Person: Robert Musil
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stijn De Cauwer
ISBN: 9783035264456 3035264457
OCLC Number: 885123060
Description: 1 online resource (282 pages)
Contents: Cover; Acknowledgments; Table of Contents; Glossary of Abbreviations; Introduction: The Cultural Critique of Robert Musil; 1. Robert Musil as a Cultural Theorist; 2. Musil's Life and Background; 3. Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften; 4. The Impossibility of Coming to a Synthesis of the Times; 5. The Best of Two Worlds: Science and Mysticism; 6. The Incapacity to Face Modern Times as a Moral Problem; 7. Toward an Ethics of Transformation; 8. Musil's Influences: Inheriting Problems; 9. The Different Editions of Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften; 10. The Reception of Musil's Work. 11. A Critical-Utopian Project12. Concerns with Using the Texts of Musil; Chapter 1. Musil's Critique of Moral and Ideological Rigidity; 1. Tracing the Role of Morality and Ideology in Musil's Cultural Critique; 2. The Motivational Deficit at the Turn of the Century; 3. The Symptoms of Modern Life; 4. Further Clarifications of Musil's Ideology Critique; 5. Concluding Remarks; Chapter 2. The Critical-Utopian Aspect of Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften; 1. The Critique of Georg Lukács as a Paradigm; 2. The Utopias of Exact Living and Essayism. 3. The Utopia to Ground One's Life in the 'Other Condition'a) The Other Condition is an Intensification, not a Withdrawal; b) The Other Condition as a Dereification (Entdinglichung); c) The Other Condition Can Bring About a Synthesis of Different Faculties; d) The Other Condition as an Overcoming or a Transformation of the Self; e) The Other Condition is not an Ideal in Itself; 4. Beyond the Utopia of the Other Condition; 5. Musil's Critical-Utopian Project: From One Final Norm to the Conditions of Possibility of New Norms; 6. The Aim of Musil's Critical-Utopian Project. A) Similarities and Differences Between Musil's Analysis and Lukács' Theory of Reificationb) Possibility and Temporality in Bloch and Musil; c) The Nietzschean Influence on Musil: Error and Origin; 7. Musil's Attitude to the Women's Movement in the Light of his Critical-Utopian Project; 8. Concluding Remarks; Chapter 3. The Function of the 'Pathological' in Musil's Cultural Critique; 1. The World as a Madhouse; Excursus: Pathology, Normativity and the Law in the Theories of Georges Canguilhem. 2. Pathology and Moral Rigidity: How the Struggle Against Pathology Leads to the Worst Kind of PathologyExcursus: Threatened Oedipus. Musil, Kraus and Freudian Psychoanalysis; 3. Madness Becomes Method; 4. The Influence of Nietzschean 'Immunology'; 5. Concluding Remarks; Conclusion: Working Through the Symptoms of Modern Life; Musil's Critical-Utopian Project; Postscript: Seinesgleichen Anno 2014 ... The Relevance of Musil's Ideas for Today; 1. Seinesgleichen Continued ... ; 2. Do we Live in Times that are Mad?; 3. Can Musil Provide a Cure?; 4. The novel, Still ... ; Bibliography; Index of Names.

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Robert Musil's Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften is not only a towering masterpiece of German literature but also an impressively rich and razor-sharp assessment of life in the beginning of the twentieth century. Musil can be regarded as one of the most original and hard-hitting cultural critics of his time. This book explores in detail the cultural critique at work in Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften. Firstly, the place of morality and ideology in Musil's critique is explained and how his writings function as an ideology critique. Secondly, the question of Musil's utopianism is clarified. His utopianism.

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