Gottfried Benn. the Artist and Politics (1910-1934) (Paperback)

By Reinhard Alter

Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der W, 9783261018717, 149pp.

Publication Date: December 31, 1976

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Description

This is the first full length investigation of the relationship between Benn's artistic theory, his cultural criticism and his political thinking. With the aid of a carefully applied inductive method and of historical documentation the author provides a convincing picture of Benn's intellectual development until 1934. The latter's conception of art's -autonomy- is shown to be ambivalent, and this ambivalence is placed in the concrete political context of the Weimar Republic. There are also illuminating comparisons with other writers - e.g. Nietzsche, Thomas Mann and Ernst Junger. The argument is supported by previously unpublished quotations from Benn's Nachlass.