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The Aesthetics of HateFar-Right Intellectuals, Antisemitism, and Gender in 1930s France$
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Sandrine Sanos

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804774574

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804774574.001.0001

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“The Crisis is in Man”

“The Crisis is in Man”

The Nation, the Self, and Cultural Politics in the 1930s

(p.15) 1 “The Crisis is in Man”
The Aesthetics of Hate
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The years 1930 to 1935 witnessed the emergence of a group of young men who were trained in the ideas of far-right and conservative nationalism and aspired to cultural and political prominence. Ranging from ultra-Catholic journalists Jean de Fabrègues and René Vincent to novelists Robert Brasillach and Georges Blond, music and film critic Lucien Rebatet, energetic polemicist Jean–Pierre Maxence, and the lesser-known but no less dedicated Pierre–Antoine Cousteau and Pierre Monnier, they were a motley collection united in their disgust with the postwar world in which they had come of age. This chapter situates these intellectuals not just within a political genealogy of far-right ideas, but also within the larger context of 1930s French cultural and aesthetic debates. It shows how categories of civilization, race, gender, and sexuality infused contemporaries' debates and discussions, and how these young intellectuals engaged and responded to them.

Keywords:   far-right intellectuals, France, cultural debates, aesthetic debates, conservative nationalism, civilization, race, gender, sexuality

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