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Male Fantasies: Psychoanalyzing the White Terror, Volume 2

By: Klaus Theweleit


Description

This is the second volume of Theweleit's extraordinary study of the fantasies of some of the men centrally involved in the rise of Nazism. The author develops his account by focusing on the representation of masculinity and homosexuality and their relation to the preparations for and conduct of war. He offers a psychoanalytic interpretation of the role of warfare as a search for sensation without desire or pleasure, leading to an image of the body which emphasizes hardness, self-discipline and, ultimately, violence.

This is much more than a book about culture of warfare: it is about sexuality and power, about gender, representation and violence. It is a document of our times which will be of interest to anyone concerned with modern history, contemporary politics and social, political and literary theory.

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Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745605562
ISBN10
0745605567
Publication Dates ROW:
Sep 1989
Publication Dates US:
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Sep 1989



Format
229 x 155 mm
8.98 x 6.09 in
Pages
536 pages

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Reviews

'This is the first book to provide an original and imaginative interpretation of the image of women in the collective unconscious of the fascist "warrior" ... Already a classic in Germany, it has been enormously influential and has had a wide impact on an audience that goes well beyond the academic community."
Anson Rabinbach, Cooper Union

'Possibly the most stimulating German-language publication of the year. Theweleit is always informative.... A lavish analysis of a culture of male dominance and conquest.' Rudolf Augstein, Der Spiegel

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Chapter 1: The Mass and Its Counterparts. .

The Mass as Embodiment of a Specific Unconsciousness * Contagious Lust * The Alien within as 'Primitive Man' * Aspects of the Masses in Reality * Women to the Fore * The Uncanny * Blackout, and Loss of Fleshly Reality: Decomposition with the Mass * The Mass and the Culture: The 'Upstanding' Individual * Culture and the Army * Undefeated in the Field? * The Mass and the Race * The Nation * The People * The Whole * Excursus: The Sexualization of Language * A Forerunner on the Road to the Reich * Ths Speech * The Eyes.

Chapter 2: Male Bodies and the 'White Terror.

Sexuality and the Drill * The Body Reconstructed in te Military Academy * The Troop as a Totality-Machine * The Totality-Component: Figure of Steel * Preliminary Comments on the Agency of the Ego * Blackouts * The Absorbtion of Sexual Desire * Prussian Socialism * Battle and te Body * Speed and Explosions: Contact with the 'Object' * The Site of War * The Soldierly Body, the Technological Machine, and the Fascist Aesthetic * The Ego of the Soldier Male * Fragmented Armor * The Ego and Maintainance Mechanisms * Ego-Disintegration and Work * Collected Observations on the Ego of the Not-Yet-Fully-Born * Fascism and the Family * Regression * Susceptability to Analysis * Conciousness * Memory * 'He Has It in Hand...' * Projection * Aids to Full Birth * The Aggressive Nature of Human Beings * Mountains of Corpses.

Chapter 3: The White Terror as Bounding and Maintainance of the Self * Three Perceptual Identities Associated with the 'Undifferentiated Objects of the Drives' * Black White Red * The Whip * Ritual Flogging and the Look * Homosexuality and the White Terror * Homosexuality and Sado-Masochism * Homosexual Desire * Controvesy * Socarides's Overt Homosexual * Anal Intercourse as an Act of Maintainance * Homosexuality in the Military Academy * Transsexuality as Regulated Play * The Attractiveness of Men as a Social Quality * Freud and History * The Struggle for Power as a Struggle between the Homosexual and the Anti-Homosexual * Double Double Blind *.

Conclusion.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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Author Information

Klaus Theweleit earned his Ph.D. in German Literature at the University of Friebourg and is now a freelance writer working in West Germany. He is the author of both Male Fantasies (Polity Press, 1987) and Male Fantasies, Volume 2 (Polity Press, 1989).

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