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The Skin of the SystemOn Germany's Socialist Modernity$
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Benjamin Robinson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762472

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762472.001.0001

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The Din of the System: The Devil's Due

The Din of the System: The Devil's Due

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(p.251) Chapter Nine The Din of the System: The Devil's Due
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The Skin of the System
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804762472.003.0010

This chapter explores some of the key themes from Franz Fühmann's work, highlighting the landmarks of socialism from the vantage point of a brief trip to the West, a strange place free of socialism's anguished contortions. After providing a reading of Fühmann's “The Street of Perversions,” it considers his essay on E. T. A. Hoffmann's novella “Ignaz Denner.” In Fühmann's reading of the novella, the protagonist Andres is an archetype of German modernity. Andres represents the ultimate ecstasy, the inexplicable dissolution of subjectivity into the thinghood of the universe: the nunc stans of sovereignty and revolution.

Keywords:   Franz Fühmann, socialism, The Street of Perversions, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Ignaz Denner, modernity, sovereignty, revolution

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