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

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

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The technological unconscious in German modernist literature : nature in Rilke, Benn, Brecht, and Döblin
Title
The technological unconscious in German modernist literature
Title remainder
nature in Rilke, Benn, Brecht, and Döblin
Statement of responsibility
Larson Powell
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Language
eng
Summary
"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 as a limit to such fantasies, redefining aesthetic modernity's conception of and relation to nature and therefore its relation to reality. He shows how nature, no longer the idealized, maternally coded Utopia of the Romantics, becomes the trace of specific political, sexual, and technological traumas. The book's four chapters center on the representation of nature in German prose and-especially-poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke, Gottfried Benn, Bertolt Brecht, and Alfred Doblin from the years 1900 to 1945, while making reference to other literatures as well." "Powell's term "the Technological Unconscious" refers to a point of intersection between psychoanalysis and social and scientific theories of modernism and also to the philosophical mediation between history and nature, a motif important from Kant to Adorno. Powell critiques the tendency toward jargon of an often merely rhetorical "theory," while continuing to develop the philosophical and conceptual inheritance of Continental traditions. He analyzes in connection with the works treated the conceptions of subject and system in the theories of Adorno, Luhmann, and Lacan and their relation to their complement, nature. The Technological Unconscious is thus an important polemical intervention both in the debates over interdisciplinarity and in those between eclectic "culturalist" theories such as New Historicism and postcolonialism on the one hand and systems theory and psychoanalysis on the other." --Book Jacket
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1960-
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Powell, Larson
Dewey number
831/.910936
Index
index present
LC call number
PT553
LC item number
.P65 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Studies in German literature, linguistics and culture
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  • German poetry
  • German literature
  • Nature in literature
  • Modernism (Aesthetics)
Label
The technological unconscious in German modernist literature : nature in Rilke, Benn, Brecht, and Döblin, Larson Powell
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [231] - 250) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
176925291
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
256 pages
Isbn
9781571133823
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008004955
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)176925291
Label
The technological unconscious in German modernist literature : nature in Rilke, Benn, Brecht, and Döblin, Larson Powell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [231] - 250) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
176925291
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
256 pages
Isbn
9781571133823
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008004955
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)176925291

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