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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
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Larson Powell
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Language
eng
Summary
Even after the end of modernism and postmodernism, grandiose fantasies of artifice and self-reference 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. Powell's 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 important from Kant to Adorno. The book's four chapters center on the representation of nature in German prose and - especially - poetry by Rilke, Benn, Brecht, and Döblin from the years 1900 to 1945. In connection with these works, Powell analyzes 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. Larson Powell is assistant professor of German at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
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UkCbUP
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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
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  • German poetry
  • German literature
  • Nature in literature
  • Modernism (Aesthetics)
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The technological unconscious in German modernist literature : nature in Rilke, Benn, Brecht, and Döblin, Larson Powell
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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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
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CR9781571138071
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1 online resource (256 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781571138071
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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digital, PDF file(s).
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remote
Label
The technological unconscious in German modernist literature : nature in Rilke, Benn, Brecht, and Döblin, Larson Powell
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 02 Oct 2015)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
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
CR9781571138071
Extent
1 online resource (256 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781571138071
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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