By Michael Mack
While many different post-Holocaust Jewish thinkers - together with Derrida - have focused on a refusal of totality and social gathering of 'otherness', the poet and highbrow Franz Baermann Steiner (1909-1952) combines this emphasis with an equivalent pressure at the 'need' for yes jointly stated limits. subsequent to the broader value of this booklet for discussions of Holocaust reports with regards to present theoretical and social concerns, it's going to additionally provide a brand new interpretation of Elias Canetti's paintings. this can be the 1st certain exam of Steiner's anthropology and philosophy and its relation to the paintings of his shut highbrow good friend Canetti.
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Tod und Verwandlung in Canettis >Masse und Macht<. Referate gehalten auf dem 2. «52 Here Canetti portrays himself as a ruler who falls victim to his own exertion of power over theoretical opponents. 53 Such an interrelation of knowledge and experience indeed figures largely in Canetti's concept of the poet, and will be discussed in chapter 2, in relation to the novel Auto Da Fe. The correlation between experience and knowledge, however, only partly explains the paradox of power in Canetti's Crowds and Power.
After the Holocaust the voices that haunt Canetti cannot be those set in tone by Keats's Aeolian harp; they need to be voices of utter darkness filled with death and all possible imaginable brutalities that have become a reality in the Nazi concentration camps. Canetti's study of the >masses< goes hand in hand with his listening to the voices of the victims of Nazi terror. ] we must beware of these people of the masses. « Canetti, Aufzeichnungen 1942-1985 (p. 4, note 13), p. 254. Canetti, The Human Province (p.
92. Jakob Grimm / Wilhelm Grimm: Deutsches Wörterbuch. Leipzig: S. Hirzel 1860, Vol. 2, p. 106. Dissinger discusses the dialectic between individualism and the craving for an emergence in the crowd. Dissinger, Vereinzelung und Massenwahn (p. 34, note 86), 36 Part I: Elias Canetti - Anthropology as Literature When one recalls Canetti's aim of avoiding arcane specialization in scholarship, the inability of a scholarly intellectual to offer an alternative to a world that collapses into entropy, is quite striking.
Anthropology as Memory: Elias Canetti’s and Franz Baermann Steiner’s Responses to the Shoah by Michael Mack