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Mephisto in the Third Reich : Literary Representations of Evil in Nazi Germany / Emanuela Barasch Rubinstein.

Author/Creator:
Barasch Rubinstein, Emanuela, author., Author,
Publication:
München ; Wien : De Gruyter Oldenbourg, [2014]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (180 p.)
Subjects:
Mann, Klaus, 1906-1949. Mephisto.
National socialism in literature.
German literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Good and evil in literature.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
The association of Nazism with the symbol of ultimate evil – the devil – can be found in the works of Klaus and Thomas Mann, Else Lasker-Schüler, and Rolf Hochhuth. He appears either as Satan of the Judeo-Christian tradition, or as Goethe’s Mephisto. The devil is not only a metaphor, but a central part of the historical analysis. Barasch-Rubinstein looks into this phenomenon and analyzes the premise that the image of the devil had a substantial impact on Germans’ acceptance of Nazi ideas. His diabolic characteristics, the pact between himself and humans, and his prominent place in German culture are part of the intriguing historical observations these four German writers embedded in their work. Whether writing before the outbreak of WWII, during the war, or after it, when the calamities of the Holocaust were already well-known, they all examine Nazism in the light of the ultimate manifestation of evil.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Introduction Introduction
Chapter One. The Image of the Devil in Western Culture The Image of the Devil
Chapter Two. Mephisto by Klaus Mann
Chapter Three. I and I by Else Lasker-Schüler
Chapter Four. Germany and the Germans by Thomas Mann
Chapter Five The Deputy by Rolf Hochhuth
Chapter Six. The Holocaust and the Future
Bibliography
Index
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Jun 2020)
ISBN:
3-11-039578-9
3-11-037943-0
OCLC:
898770083
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9783110379433 doi
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