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Focusing on the changing image of the West Coast through such varied social and cultural artifacts as bodybuilding, group therapy, suicide cults, milk-carton images of missing children, teenage slang, and surf music, Laurence Rickels offers a dizzying psychohistory of the twentieth century as crystallized in the symbolic configuration called California and considered in relation to German modernism, national socialism, and Freudian psychoanalysis.


About the Author:
Laurence A. Rickels is professor of German literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of The Vampire Lectures (1999) and the editor of Acting Out in Groups (1999), both published by the University of Minnesota Press.

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Artforum
Laurence Rickels is one of the few theorists today who is able to think technology through psychoanalysis and vice versa . . . .With California as the site of this encounter, Rickels takes Freud to the beach and California to the couch, picking up, in many ways, where the Frankfurt School left off.
San Francisco Bay Guardian
Provocative (and often hilarious), The Case of California explores the 'bi-coastal logic of modernity,' with California as one coast and Germany as the other. . . . Startling and brilliant.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816638789
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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