Cult of Art in Nazi Germany

Cult of Art in Nazi Germany

by Eric Michaud
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804743274

ISBN-13: 9780804743273

Pub. Date: 02/28/2004

Publisher: Stanford University Press

The Cult of Art in Nazi Germany presents a new interpretation of National Socialism, arguing that art in the Third Reich was not simply an instrument of the regime, but actually became a source of the racist politics upon which its ideology was founded. Through the myth of the "Aryan race," a race pronounced superior because it alone creates culture, Nazism

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The Cult of Art in Nazi Germany presents a new interpretation of National Socialism, arguing that art in the Third Reich was not simply an instrument of the regime, but actually became a source of the racist politics upon which its ideology was founded. Through the myth of the "Aryan race," a race pronounced superior because it alone creates culture, Nazism asserted art as the sole raison d'être of a regime defined by Hitler as the "dictatorship of genius." Michaud shows the important link between the religious nature of Nazi art and the political movement, revealing that in Nazi Germany art was considered to be less a witness of history than a force capable of producing future, the actor capable of accelerating the coming of a reality immanent to art itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804743273
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1Artist and Dictator1
Authority founded on art2
The art of life17
2The Artist-Fuhrer : a savior26
A government of artists29
Suggestion and incorporation38
Propaganda and anticipation42
Wagnerian rehearsals52
November 9 : the Erlebnis in painting64
3Exhibiting the genius74
The visibility of the Aryan genius : a national Christianity75
Awakening into the myth84
Producing the genius101
The processions102
The temple109
4Reproducing the genius123
Schultze-Naumberg and the race's self-reproduction127
Engendering through images134
Walter Darre : breeding according to type140
Prodigies and monsters148
Accelerators155
Gottfried Benn or the endogenous image165
The images underlying words : purification171
5Images of Nazi time : accelerations and immobilizations181
Images and anticipation182
Accelerations186
Artists, workers, and soldiers : total mobilization195
A pure present204

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