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Un-Civilizing Processes? Excess and Transgression in German Society and Culture: Perspectives Debating with Norbert Elias

editor) , Mary Fulbrook & Mary Fulbrook

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ISBN 10: 9042021519 / ISBN 13: 9789042021518
Published by Editions Rodopi BV, 796, 2007
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Hardcover. 8vo. Editions Rodopi BV. 2007. 302 pgs. No DJ as issued/Pictoral boards. No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. Photos sent upon request. 796; German Monitor 66; 8.90 X 6.14 X 1.10 inches; 302 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 34964

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Title: Un-Civilizing Processes? Excess and ...

Publisher: Editions Rodopi BV, 796

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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The collapse of the supposedly 'civilized' German nation into the 'barbarism' of Hitler's Third Reich has cast a long shadow over interpretations of German culture and society. In the remarkable work of Norbert Elias, himself a refugee from Nazi Germany, a deep concern with the distinctiveness of 'the Germans' is linked with an ambitious attempt to work out more general relations between broad historical processes - patterns of state formation, changing social structures - and the character of the individual self, as evidenced in changing thresholds of shame and embarrassment. In critical engagement with Elias's notion of the 'civilizing process', the essays collected here explore moments of excess and transgression, moments when the very boundaries of 'civilization' are both constructed and challenged. Inter-disciplinary contributions - on topics ranging from medieval laughter, cursing and swearing, through to music, the bourgeois self, and aspects of modern violence - highlight the complexity of inter-relations between the individual imagination and creativity, on the one hand, and the brute facts of political power and social structural inequalities, on the other; and develop new insights into the changing patterns of culture and society in Germany from the Middle Ages to the present. Table of Contents Mary FULBROOK: Introduction: The Character and Limits of the Civilizing Process Sebastian COXON: Laughter and the Process of Civilization in Wolfram von Eschenbach's 'Parzival' Geraldine HORAN: (Un-)Civilized Language: The Regulation of Cursing and Swearing in German through the Ages Martin SWALES: Civilization, Un-Civilization, Transgression: On Goethe's 'Faust' Susanne KORD: The Pre-Colonial Imagination: Race and Revolution in Literature of the Napoleonic Period Mark HEWITSON: Violence and Civilization: Transgression in Modern Wars Ernest SCHONFIELD: Civilization in the Dining Room: Table Manners in Thomas Mann's 'Buddenbrooks' Maiken UMBACH: The Civilizing


.unique collection of essays in: "Germanic Studies Review," Vol. 31, No. 3"

.unique collection of essays in: Germanic Studies Review, Vol. 31, No. 3"

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