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The Bulgarian-born student and writer Elias Canetti (1905-1994) used to be the most astute witnesses and analysts of the mass routine and wars of the 1st half the 20th century. Born a Sephardic Jew and raised within the Bulgarian and Ladino languages, he selected to put in writing in German, picking as he did with eu literary and highbrow traditions. He used to be offered the 1981 Nobel Prize in Literature for his oeuvre, inclusive of dramas, essays, diaries, aphorisms, the radical Die Blendung (Auto-da-Fé), a three-volume autobiography, and the huge interdisciplinary treatise Masse und Macht (Crowds and Power). those writings, such a lot particularly Masse und Macht, convey Canetti's thought-provoking rules on tradition and the human psyche with detailed concentrate on the phenomena of strength, clash, and survival. Canetti's masterful prose, his linguistic techniques, his awesome satires and conceits proceed to fascinate students and basic readers alike, and his intellectually not easy, genre-bending writings merge idea and literature, essay and diary access. His philosophical and anthropological works are profoundly motivated via literature, whereas his literary texts are expert through his thought. The significant other to the Works of Elias Canetti comprises unique essays through popular foreign students operating on the leading edge of Canetti feedback. They learn the writings of this outstanding author and philosopher within the context of pre- and post-fascist Europe, supplying a finished scholarly advent to Canetti. The essays contain distinct interpretations of person texts in addition to finished thematic and theoretical reports dedicated to Canetti's paintings as a part of the Western philosophical and important tradition.

Table of Contents
Canetti’s valuable Works

Abbreviations of Works often brought up

Introduction - Dagmar C. G. Lorenz

William Collins Donahue - goodbye to All That: Elias Canetti’s Obituaries

Anne Fuchs - “The Deeper Nature of My German”: mom Tongue, Subjectivity, and the Voice of the opposite in Elias Canetti’s Autobiography

Hans Reiss - Elias Canetti’s angle to Writers and Writings

Julian Preece - Canetti and the query of style

Wolfgang Mieder - “The Faultiest Expressions Have the best Attraction”: Elias Canetti’s Proverbial Aphorisms

Sigurd Paul Scheichl - Canetti’s Aufzeichnungen

Helga Kraft - Staging a Critique of Modernism: Elias Canetti’s Plays

Harriet Murphy - “Gute Reisende sind herzlos”: Canetti in Marrakesh

Irene Stocksieker Di Maio - house in Elias Canetti’s Autobiographical Trilogy

Ritchie Robertson - Canetti and Nietzsche: An creation to Masse und Macht

Johannes G. Pankau - photographs of female and male in Canetti’s Fictional, Autobiographical, and Theoretical paintings

Dagmar C. G. Lorenz - Canetti’s ultimate Frontier: The Animal

Svoboda Alexandra Dimitrova and Penka Angelova - Canetti, Roustchouk, and Bulgaria: The influence of foundation on Canetti’s paintings

Michael Mack - Elias Canetti’s reaction to the Shoah: Masse und Macht

Works brought up 313

Notes at the individuals 333

Index 337

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Just over a decade later, however, writing on the occasion of Canetti’s death for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, he alters his assessment considerably: “Ohne die Autobiographie hätte er den Nobelpreis nicht erhalten; bei aller Faszination erreicht sie nicht die ‘unerträgliche’ Größe der Blendung, zu harmonisierend geht sie mit den Dingen um. ”27 Magris claims to have communicated these thoughts to Canetti, harvesting disapproval and rejection for his efforts: “Ich glaube, das sich sein Gesicht verfinsterte, als ich ihm dies sagte, auch deswegen, weil er ein eifersüchtiger, geradezu tyrannischer Wächter des Bildes war, das er von sich 28 geben wollte.

19 Dieter Dissinger, Vereinzelung und Massenwahn: Elias Canettis Roman “Die Blendung” (Bonn: Bouvier, 1971). ” Elias Canetti: Londoner Symposium, ed. Adrian Stevens and Fred Wagner (Stuttgart: Verlag Hans-Dieter Heinz/Akademischer Verlag Stuttgart, 1991); concurrently: Publications of the Institute of Germanic Studies (University of London, 1991), 48:33–44. 21 Iris Murdoch, “Mass, Might and Myth,” The Spectator, September 6, 1962. 22 John Bayley, Elegy for Iris (New York: Picador/St. Martin’s, 1999).

To fundamental questions of method, some obituaries, precisely in their attempt to come to grips with what is worth holding on to in the Canetti oeuvre, offer productive answers. And even when they fail — they are, for example, notoriously unreliable and inconsistent on certain facts — these weaknesses can be turned to the good; for we thereby learn what needs to be set aright. Canetti himself warned against a static, mechanistic positivism: “Für manche Leute wird die Bemühung um die Wahrheit zu einer Art von Käfersammlung.

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