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The technological unconscious in German modernist literature : nature in Rilke, Benn, Brecht, and Döblin

Author: Larson Powell
Publisher: Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2008.
Series: Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture.
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"Even after the end of modernism and postmodernism, the grandiose fantasies of artifice and self-reference that have informed so much modernist literature still resonate in the "social constructivism" of current literary and cultural theory: in the idea that we can perform or construct "identities" or social roles without external constraint, as if we had consumer choice of self. Larson Powell's book posits nature  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Rainer Maria Rilke; Gottfried Benn; Alfred Döblin; Bertolt Brecht
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Larson Powell
ISBN: 9781571133823 1571133828
OCLC Number: 176925291
Description: 256 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The limits of technocracy --
Rilke's unnatural things: from the end of landscape to the Dinggedicht --
Nature on stage: Gottfried Benn: beyond the aesthetics of shock? --
The limits of violence: Döblin's colonial nature --
Nature as paradox: Brecht's exile lyric.
Series Title: Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture.
Responsibility: Larson Powell.
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The term "the Technological Unconscious" refers both to the intersection between psychoanalysis and theories of modernism and to the philosophical mediation between history and nature, a motif  Read more...

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Powell's discussion of these authors is informed throughout by an extensive knowledge of arguments about the nature of modernism. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES Arrives at . . . new conclusions that are Read more...

 
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