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Elias Canetti's counter-image of society : crowds, power, transformation

Author: Jóhann Páll Árnason; David Roberts
Publisher: Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2004.
Series: Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture (Unnumbered)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The award of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1981 has seemingly assured Elias Canetti's place in literary history. But his significance as a cultural critic has not been adequately recognized. The present study redresses this situation in two ways: by mapping the counter-image of human existence, history, and society that informs Canetti's critique of the modern world and its science; and by opening up Canetti's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Elias Canetti; Elias Canetti; Elias Canetti; Elias Canetti
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jóhann Páll Árnason; David Roberts
ISBN: 1571131604 9781571131607
OCLC Number: 53441374
Description: vii, 166 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Auto-da-Fe of civilization --
The natural history of modernity --
Religion, crowds, and power --
Canetti's counter-image of society --
The subversive sources of power.
Series Title: Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture (Unnumbered)
Responsibility: Johann P. Arnason and David Roberts.
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"The award of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1981 has seemingly assured Elias Canetti's place in literary history. But his significance as a cultural critic has not been adequately recognized. The present study redresses this situation in two ways: by mapping the counter-image of human existence, history, and society that informs Canetti's critique of the modern world and its science; and by opening up Canetti's hermetic oeuvre by tracing his cryptic and often concealed dialogue with major figures within the Western tradition such as Hobbes, Durkheim, and Freud and contemporaries such as Adorno, Arendt, and Elias. The authors ask how Canetti's alternative vision of man and society relates to important themes of twentieth-century social and civilizational thought even as it calls into question fundamental assumptions of the social and human sciences. In analyses of Auto da Fe, Crowds and Power, and the aphorisms, the authors elucidate key aspects of Canetti's interrogation of human existence and human history across five thematic complexes: individual and social psychology, totalitarian politics, religion and politics, theories of society, and power and culture. They thus trace the movement of Canetti's thought from an apocalyptic sense of crisis to his search for cultural resources to set against the holocaust of European civilization."--Jacket.

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