Vision and Violence

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Vision and Violence argues that throughout Western history, the Apocalypse has changed nothing but its guise--from God to Reason, to History, and then to Nature--all the while holding us rapt with its prophecy of universal devastation. While in Judaism and Christianity it inspires efforts to uplift societies spiritually, the apocalyptic fantasy serves in secular thought--as in today's environmental movement--to bring about much-needed policy reforms.

Much of the book is devoted to an examination of the persistence of the apocalyptic heritage from ancient Greek and Hebrew civilizations, through the religious revivals of the Middle Ages and the Enlightenment belief in progress, to its importance in Hegelian and Bolshevik thought, and finally to its expression today in the resurgence of religious fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Mendel concludes his remarkable book with an appeal for the more modest and humane philosophy of the "repair of the world," which, he argues, is central to biblical teaching.

The late Arthur P. Mendel was Professor of History, University of Michigan, specializing in Russian intellectual history. His first book, Dilemmas of Progress in Tsarist Russia: Legal Marxism and Legal Populism, established him as one of the outstanding historians of his generation. Richard Landes is co-founder, with Stephen O'Leary, of the Center for Millennial Studies. He is also Associate Professor of History, Boston University, and author of Relics, Apocalypse, and the Deceits of History: Ademar of Chabannes, 989-1034.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472102754
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Pages: 328

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Marieluise Fleisser 24
Purgatory in Ingolstadt 29
Kerstin Specht 71
The Little Red-Hot Man 75
The Politics of Brutality: Toward a Definition of the Critical Volksstuck 106
Else Lasker-Schuler 131
IandI 137
Excerpt from The Theater 180
Director's Note to IandI 181
Friederike Roth 183
Piano Plays 187
An Interview with Friederike Roth: Building Sentences, Ripping Out Hearts, Knocking Off Heads 211
Erika Mann 218
Lucky Hans 222
The Witch 225
The Cold 227
Gerlind Reinshagen 229
Ironheart 233
Theater as Counter-Concept: An Interview with Gerlind Reinshagen 274
An Interview with Gerlind Reinshagen 277
Ginka Steinwachs 282
George Sand 287
Worlds of Images: The First Women's Theater Troupe ANNA KONDA 340
FiT Frauen im Theater: Women in Theater 346
Translators 349
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