A Diagnosis of Modern Life: Robert Musil's Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften as a Critical-Utopian Project by Stijn De CauwerA Diagnosis of Modern Life: Robert Musil's Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften as a Critical-Utopian Project by Stijn De Cauwer

A Diagnosis of Modern Life: Robert Musil's Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften as a Critical-Utopian Project

byStijn De Cauwer

Paperback | May 5, 2014

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Robert Musil’s Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften is not only a towering masterpiece of German literature but also an impressively rich and razor-sharp assessment of life in the beginning of the twentieth century. Musil can be regarded as one of the most original and hard-hitting cultural critics of his time. This book explores in detail the cultural critique at work in Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften. Firstly, the place of morality and ideology in Musil’s critique is explained and how his writings function as an ideology critique. Secondly, the question of Musil’s utopianism is clarified. His utopianism is not a future or ideal place but an increased awareness of the possibilities in the present, opened up by the process of critique. Thirdly, the function of the ‘pathological’ in Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften is analyzed. Musil’s novel was meant to be an intervention into a condition which he compared to a pathological affliction. Finally, this book takes up the difficult question of whether Musil’s analysis and original ideas still have relevance today.
Stijn De Cauwer is postdoctoral researcher in literature and culture at the University of Leuven. His research is funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). He obtained his PhD on the work of Robert Musil at the University of Utrecht.
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Title:A Diagnosis of Modern Life: Robert Musil's Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften as a Critical-Utopian ProjectFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:May 5, 2014Publisher:P.I.E-Peter Lang S.A., Éditions Scientifiques InternationalesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:2875741578

ISBN - 13:9782875741578

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Table of Contents

Contents: The cultural critique of Robert Musil – ideology critique in Der Mann Ohne Eigenschaften – Utopianism in Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften – Robert Musil’s view on literature and pathology - Musil’s analysis of German and Austrian society in the early 20th century.

Editorial Reviews

«Mit A Diagnosis of Modern Life legt de Cauwer eine konsistente und zudem in gutem Englisch verfasste Studie über den Kulturkritiker Musil vor.»
(David Wachter, Musil-Forum Band 34 2015/2016)