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The anxiety of autonomy and the aesthetics of German orientalism, Nicholas A. Germana

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The anxiety of autonomy and the aesthetics of German orientalism
Title
The anxiety of autonomy and the aesthetics of German orientalism
Statement of responsibility
Nicholas A. Germana
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Language
eng
Summary
German orientalism has been understood, variously, as a form of latent colonialism, as a quest for academic hegemony in Europe, and as an effort to diagnose and treat the ills of modern Western culture. Nicholas Germana identifies a different impetus for orientalism in German thought, seeing it as an effort to come to grips with the Other within German society at the turn of the nineteenth century and within the dynamics of subjectivity itself. Drawing largely on work by feminist scholars, the book uncovers an anxiety at the core of Kantian and post-Kantian thought, thus shedding light on its derogation (or elevation) of Oriental cultures. Kant's philosophy of freedom is a construction of modern, Western masculinity. Reason, which alone can make freedom possible, subverts and orders chaotic nature and protects the rational subject from the enervating influences of the senses and the imagination. The feminized, sexually charged Orient is a threat to the historical achievement of Western male rationality. Germana's book emphasizes aesthetics in the German orientalist discourse, a subject that has received little attention to date. In this tradition of German thought, aesthetics became a form of spiritual anthropology, ordering and classifying societies, races, and genders in terms of their ability to master the senses and the imagination, forces that undermine rational autonomy, the very source of human (i.e., masculine) dignity. Nicholas A. Germana is Professor of History at Keene State College, New Hampshire
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UkCbUP
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Germana, Nicholas A
Dewey number
303.48/24305
Index
index present
LC call number
DS61.85
LC item number
.G468 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture
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  • Orientalism
  • German philosophy
  • East and West
  • Germany
  • Kant, Immanuel
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The anxiety of autonomy and the aesthetics of German orientalism, Nicholas A. Germana
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Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 30 Aug 2018)
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
CR9781787440609
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 266 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781640140028
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote
Label
The anxiety of autonomy and the aesthetics of German orientalism, Nicholas A. Germana
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 30 Aug 2018)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
CR9781787440609
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 266 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781640140028
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote

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