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Fantasy and Politics: Visions of the Future in the Weimar Republic

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Defeated in World War I, living in a troubled and insecure peace, Germans under the Weimar Republic were a ready audience for fantasy writers who envisioned victorious wars of revenge or German renewal through wondrous technology. Largely ignored by the literary establishment, these writers created an immensely popular mass literature, the Zukunftsroman (futuristic novel), that was a potent ingredient in the simmering stew of resentment, frustrated nationalism, political irrationalism, and economic distress underlying the Nazi rise to power.

In Fantasy and Politics, Peter S. Fisher explores the popular culture of the Weimar Republic. He identifies common motifs and themes in the work of thirty fantasy novelists, sets them in the context of political events and ideas, and examines their popular influence. German fantasy novels, he demonstrates, provide invaluable perspectives on the ideological and psychological roots of the Weimar Republic's highly emotionalized politics, especially some of its uglier racist and Messianic strands.

The Zukunftsroman was primarily the province of German right-wing ultranationalists, who were able to tap the emotional wellsprings of Weimar thought and fill the explosive spiritual vacuum at its core. However, at the opposite end of the political spectrum, socialist visionaries either exhorted their readers to brace themselves for a final battle with capitalism or wrote pacifist warnings of the terrors of modern warfare. The preference for the world of fantasy over reality, Fisher contends, was paralleled by an inclination to value action over thought and emotion over reason. The Weimar Zukunftsroman, he concludes, reveals a cultural drift towardirrationalism that manifested itself politically in the call for dictatorship.

Synopsis:

Defeated in World War I, living in a troubled and insecure peace, Germans under the Weimar Republic were a ready audience for fantasy writers who envisioned victorious wars of revenge or  German renewal through wondrous technology.   Largely ignored by the literary establishment, these writers created an immensely popular mass literature, the Zukunftsroman  (futuristic novel), that was a potent ingredient in the simmering stew of resentment, frustrated nationalism, political irrationalism, and economic distress underlying the Nazi rise to power.

    In Fantasy and Politics, Peter S. Fisher explores the popular culture of the Weimar Republic.  He identifies common motifs and themes in the work  of thirty fantasy novelists, sets them in the context of political events and ideas, and examines their popular influence.  German fantasy novels, he demonstrates,  provide invaluable perspectives on the ideological and psychological roots of the Weimar Republic’s highly emotionalized politics, especially some of its uglier racist and Messianic strands.

   


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Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-282) and index.

About the Author

Peter S. Fisher earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University and teaches in Frankfurt, Germany.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299129149
Subtitle:
Visions of the Future in the Weimar Republic
Author:
Fisher, Peter S.
Author:
Fisher, Peter S.
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Location:
Madison, Wis. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
European - German
Subject:
Authors, german
Subject:
German fiction
Subject:
Germany Politics and government 1918-1933.
Subject:
Fantasy fiction, German.
Subject:
Fantasy fiction, German -- History and criticism.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
19910715
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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Defeated in World War I, living in a troubled and insecure peace, Germans under the Weimar Republic were a ready audience for fantasy writers who envisioned victorious wars of revenge or  German renewal through wondrous technology.   Largely ignored by the literary establishment, these writers created an immensely popular mass literature, the Zukunftsroman  (futuristic novel), that was a potent ingredient in the simmering stew of resentment, frustrated nationalism, political irrationalism, and economic distress underlying the Nazi rise to power.

    In Fantasy and Politics, Peter S. Fisher explores the popular culture of the Weimar Republic.  He identifies common motifs and themes in the work  of thirty fantasy novelists, sets them in the context of political events and ideas, and examines their popular influence.  German fantasy novels, he demonstrates,  provide invaluable perspectives on the ideological and psychological roots of the Weimar Republic’s highly emotionalized politics, especially some of its uglier racist and Messianic strands.

   


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