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Author Cobley, Evelyn,
Title Temptations of Faust : the logic of fascism and postmodern archaeologies of modernity / Evelyn Cobley.
Imprint Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, 2002.

Author Cobley, Evelyn,
Subject Adorno, Theodor W., 1903-1969. Philosophie der neuen Musik.
Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955. Doktor Faustus.
National socialism.
Fascism -- Philosophy.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Causes.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 305 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Neo-romantic roots of German fascism -- Organic unity and the privileging of reason: Hegel and Beethoven -- Fascist undercurrents: appeals to authenticity and the privileging of reason -- Breakthrough into atonality (or postmodernism) -- Fascism and atonality (or postmodern play) -- Decentred totalities: fascism, capitalism, postmodernism.
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Summary 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.
ISBN 9781442680449 (electronic bk.)
144268044X (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 244767225
Additional Format Print version: Cobley, Evelyn, 1947- Temptations of Faust. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2002 9780802036575 (DLC) 2003268765 (OCoLC)48643169

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