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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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A Genealogy of the Far Right

A Genealogy of the Far Right

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(p.43) 2 A Genealogy of the Far Right
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The Aesthetics of Hate
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804774574.003.0003

This chapter discusses how these far-right writers both belonged to the same intellectual and political tradition—that of Maurrassian nationalism and Catholic politics—yet also departed from that tradition in significant ways. Recognizing the networks, affiliations, and affinities of 1930s intellectuals with their elders helps us to grasp the circulation of common themes—dissolution, disgust, abjection—from 1931 to 1936, but also allows us to trace the ideological differences that emerged after 1938, which coalesced around the questions of gender, sex, race, and French civilization. These differences emerged most strikingly around the place and role of anti-Semitism in a larger French ultra-nationalism and in the decision to refute or embrace the title of “French fascists”.

Keywords:   far-right writers, Maurrassian nationalism, Catholic politics, anti-Semitism, dissolution, disgust, abjection, French fascists, ultra-nationalism

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