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Inconceivable effects : ethics through twentieth-century German literature, thought, and film / Martin Blumenthal-Barby.

By: Blumenthal-Barby, Martin [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Signale (Ithaca, N.Y.): Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press : Cornell University Library, 2013Description: 1 online resource (xxxi, 188 pages :) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 080146739X; 9780801467394.Subject(s): Ethics in literature | Ethics in motion picturesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Inconceivable Effects : Ethics through Twentieth-Century German Literature, Thought, and Film.DDC classification: 830.9/353 LOC classification: PT405 | .B5384 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
"The odium of doubtfulness" : or, the vicissitudes of Arendt's metaphorical thinking -- Why does Hannah Arendt lie? : or, the vicissitudes of imagination -- "A peculiar apparatus" : Kafka's thanatopoetics -- A strike of rhetoric : Benjamin's paradox of justice -- Pernicious bastardizations : Benjamin's ethics of pure violence -- The return of the human : Germany in autumn -- A politics of enmity : Müller's Germania death in Berlin.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

"The odium of doubtfulness" : or, the vicissitudes of Arendt's metaphorical thinking -- Why does Hannah Arendt lie? : or, the vicissitudes of imagination -- "A peculiar apparatus" : Kafka's thanatopoetics -- A strike of rhetoric : Benjamin's paradox of justice -- Pernicious bastardizations : Benjamin's ethics of pure violence -- The return of the human : Germany in autumn -- A politics of enmity : Müller's Germania death in Berlin.

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CHOICE Review

Blumenthal-Barby (Rice Univ.) explores literary and scholarly discussions of overtly negative topics such as doubt, lying, death (by torture), paradoxical justice, violence, terrorism, and enmity in 20th-century German texts (including one film), all in the context of an ethics of literary representation. Authors treated include Hannah Arendt (two chapters), Franz Kafka, Walter Benjamin (two chapters), and Heiner Muller; the film is Germany in Autumn. The narrative stance responds in surprising, sometimes seemingly illogical ways, especially when the cultural artifacts considered attempt to grasp the "inconceivable." The author employs close reading, comparative methodology, and historical, biographical, critical analysis to approach the narrower and broader contexts of the phenomena. Though he touches on philosophical aspects of representation, his focus remains literary/cultural, but the authors and filmmakers "speak" by performing within a historical discourse. The space created by the distance between narrator and material allows for an "other" form. The author provides footnotes and helpful, on occasion critically reflective, English translations of quotations throughout. Four of the seven chapters evolved from previously published articles. Specialists familiar with the texts will be able to absorb the layered analysis. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and faculty. J. M. Jeep Miami University

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<p>Martin Blumenthal-Barby is Assistant Professor of German and Film Studies at Rice University.</p>

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