Karl Kraus: apocalyptic satirist, volume 2: the postwar crisis and the rise of the swastika

Timms, Edward (2005) Karl Kraus: apocalyptic satirist, volume 2: the postwar crisis and the rise of the swastika. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300107517

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Abstract

In this second volume of Karl Kraus: Apocalyptic Satirist, Edward Timms takes up Kraus’s story in November 1918, when the satirist responded to the creation of the new republics with a defiant hope, invoking international law against the dual threat of reactionary politics and irresponsible media. While contemporaries like Walter Benjamin regarded Kraus as heroically isolated, this book places him within a dynamic field of cultural production. Timms highlights the court cases Kraus pursued with his lawyer Oskar Samek and the theatrical projects that earned him Brecht’s friendship.

In the final section of the book, the author refutes the legend that Kraus responded with stunned silence to Hitler’s seizure of power. His career culminated in Third Walpurgis Night, an analysis of Nazi ideology that has proved enduringly influential. Timms concludes that Kraus’s lifelong critique of the media, combining Orwell’s political radicalism with Joyce’s linguistic playfulness, incisively anticipates the propaganda techniques of our own age.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:04
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2012 13:26
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23885
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