Lackey Michael - The modernist God state

Author : Lackey Michael
Title : The modernist God state A literary study of the Nazis’ Christian Reich
Year : 2012

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Short-circuiting aesthetics: a novel theory about the origins of Hitler and the Nazis. More than the philosopher, the psychologist, the physicist, and the sociologist, the novelist can articulate the complex conditions of human living. This is not to say that the works of philosophers, psychologists, physicists, and sociologists lack significance or value. To the contrary, novelists rely upon the findings and insights of these intellectual professionals to craft a work of art that can signify the human and the world in all their horror, richness, and complexity. But it is only the novelist who has the capacity to bring the ideas of all of these disciplines (and others) together in order to formulate a comprehensive vision of life. Such is the argument of D. H. Lawrence, who claims in his essay, “Why the Novel Matters”: “being a novelist, I consider myself superior to the saint, the scientist, the philosopher, and the poet, who are all great masters of different bits of man alive, but never get the whole hog.” While most discipline-specific studies examine and explicate one facet of existence, the “novel is the book of life,” so if people want a fullbodied understanding of being-in-the-world, they must begin with a careful study of the novel, which is why Lawrence admonishes his reader: “Turn truly, honourably to the novel, and see wherein you are man alive, and wherein you are dead man in life.” ...

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