By Dagmar C. G. Lorenz
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The Bulgarian-born pupil and writer Elias Canetti (1905-1994) used to be some of the most astute witnesses and analysts of the mass activities and wars of the 1st 1/2 the 20 th century. Born a Sephardic Jew and raised within the Bulgarian and Ladino languages, he selected to put in writing in German, picking as he did with ecu literary and highbrow traditions. He was once presented the 1981 Nobel Prize in Literature for his oeuvre, which include dramas, essays, diaries, aphorisms, the unconventional Die Blendung (Auto-da-Fé), a three-volume autobiography, and the vast interdisciplinary treatise Masse und Macht (Crowds and Power). those writings, such a lot significantly Masse und Macht, show Canetti's thought-provoking principles on tradition and the human psyche with precise specialize in the phenomena of energy, clash, and survival. Canetti's masterful prose, his linguistic strategies, his incredible satires and conceits proceed to fascinate students and basic readers alike, and his intellectually hard, genre-bending writings merge conception and literature, essay and diary access. His philosophical and anthropological works are profoundly stimulated via literature, whereas his literary texts are knowledgeable by means of his idea. The significant other to the Works of Elias Canetti includes unique essays through well known overseas students operating on the leading edge of Canetti feedback. They research the writings of this notable author and philosopher within the context of pre- and post-fascist Europe, supplying a entire scholarly creation to Canetti. The essays comprise exact interpretations of person texts in addition to entire thematic and theoretical reviews dedicated to Canetti's paintings as a part of the Western philosophical and significant tradition.
Table of Contents
Canetti’s primary Works
Abbreviations of Works often pointed out
Introduction - Dagmar C. G. Lorenz
William Collins Donahue - goodbye to All That: Elias Canetti’s Obituaries
Anne Fuchs - “The Deeper Nature of My German”: mom Tongue, Subjectivity, and the Voice of the opposite in Elias Canetti’s Autobiography
Hans Reiss - Elias Canetti’s perspective to Writers and Writings
Julian Preece - Canetti and the query of style
Wolfgang Mieder - “The Faultiest Expressions Have the best Attraction”: Elias Canetti’s Proverbial Aphorisms
Sigurd Paul Scheichl - Canetti’s Aufzeichnungen
Helga Kraft - Staging a Critique of Modernism: Elias Canetti’s Plays
Harriet Murphy - “Gute Reisende sind herzlos”: Canetti in Marrakesh
Irene Stocksieker Di Maio - area in Elias Canetti’s Autobiographical Trilogy
Ritchie Robertson - Canetti and Nietzsche: An creation to Masse und Macht
Johannes G. Pankau - photos of female and male in Canetti’s Fictional, Autobiographical, and Theoretical paintings
Dagmar C. G. Lorenz - Canetti’s ultimate Frontier: The Animal
Svoboda Alexandra Dimitrova and Penka Angelova - Canetti, Roustchouk, and Bulgaria: The influence of starting place on Canetti’s paintings
Michael Mack - Elias Canetti’s reaction to the Shoah: Masse und Macht
Works pointed out 313
Notes at the individuals 333
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Extra info for A Companion to the Works of Elias Canetti (Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture)
The essays in the fourth section, “Philosophy and Social Thought,” revolve around Canetti as philosopher, anthropologist, and social critic. Foregrounding central intellectual issues of the early to mid-twentieth century, they analyze Canetti’s contribution to the culture of the Occident and discuss him in the context of Western discourse. In his essay “Canetti and Nietzsche: An Introduction to Masse und Macht,” Ritchie Robertson explores Masse und Macht in light of Nietzsche’s philosophy, placing Canetti into the tradition leading from Darwinism to naturalism and, via Nietzsche and Freud, to contemporary sociobiological literature.
G. LORENZ Notes 1 Elias Canetti, Masse und Macht (Hamburg: Claassen, 1960), 276–85. Cited hereafter as MM; Die Stimmen von Marrakesch, “Die Stimmen von Marrakesch. ” Die Stimmen von Marrakesch: Das Gewissen der Worte (Munich: Hanser, 1995), 9–89; Flavius Josephus, The Jewish War (New York: Penguin Viking, 1984). 2 Franz Kafka, Der andere Prozeß: Kafkas Briefe an Felice (Munich: Hanser, 1965). Translated by Christopher Middleton as Kafka’s Other Trial; the Letters to Felice (New York: Schocken, 1974).
When Canetti sees a crowd image in a field of grain or fire, it is never merely an ad hoc icon — never just a visual aid to his theory — but rather a discovery of something that is somehow inherently related to the crowd phenomenon itself. His catalogue of national symbols — the German forest (Wald) as intrinsically militaristic, for example — lays claim to this same privileged semiotic status. This literary function is never made fully explicit — even in Canetti’s theoretical writings — yet it would be a great mistake to take any one of these images as mere illustration of a fully elaborated theory.
A Companion to the Works of Elias Canetti (Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture) by Dagmar C. G. Lorenz