A Companion to the Works of Elias Canetti (Studies in German by Dagmar C. G. Lorenz

By Dagmar C. G. Lorenz

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The Bulgarian-born student and writer Elias Canetti (1905-1994) used to be essentially the most astute witnesses and analysts of the mass activities and wars of the 1st half the 20th century. Born a Sephardic Jew and raised within the Bulgarian and Ladino languages, he selected to jot down in German, deciding upon as he did with eu literary and highbrow traditions. He was once presented the 1981 Nobel Prize in Literature for his oeuvre, such as dramas, essays, diaries, aphorisms, the radical Die Blendung (Auto-da-Fé), a three-volume autobiography, and the wide interdisciplinary treatise Masse und Macht (Crowds and Power). those writings, so much significantly Masse und Macht, show Canetti's thought-provoking rules on tradition and the human psyche with specified concentrate on the phenomena of energy, clash, and survival. Canetti's masterful prose, his linguistic recommendations, his extraordinary satires and conceits proceed to fascinate students and normal 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 stimulated through literature, whereas his literary texts are proficient via his thought. The better half to the Works of Elias Canetti includes unique essays through popular overseas students operating on the leading edge of Canetti feedback. They research the writings of this impressive author and philosopher within the context of pre- and post-fascist Europe, offering a entire scholarly advent to Canetti. The essays comprise distinct interpretations of person texts in addition to entire thematic and theoretical experiences dedicated to Canetti's paintings as a part of the Western philosophical and significant tradition.

Table of Contents
Canetti’s primary 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 effect of starting place on Canetti’s paintings

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

Works stated 313

Notes at the members 333

Index 337

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The references to the primary texts follow the first Claassen or Hanser editions, which appeared during Canetti’s lifetime, or, when appropriate, the more recent Hanser edition of Werke (1993), because Canetti’s prewar publications, Hochzeit (1932) and Die Blendung (1935) are virtually inaccessible. Note that the Aufzeichnungen in the 1993 Werke edition are not in all cases identical with the earlier versions. From one edition to the next Canetti made slightly different selections and occasionally changed the wording.

Joyce makes an appearance in volume three of the autobiography, Das Augenspiel: Lebensgeschichte 1931–1937 (Munich: Hanser, 1985), 187–94, (“Joyce ohne Spiegel”). Canetti relates here that Joyce attended one of his readings in Zurich, but left early because he couldn’t understand the Viennese dialect (Canetti read from Hochzeit and Die Blendung). The interview is reprinted along with the obituary in Corriere della sera, August 19, 1994, 21. 3 The article “Elias Canetti — Seine Heimat war die deutsche Sprache” contains an excerpt of a letter in which Canetti apparently requests to be buried in Zurich.

Furthermore, we can not credit the obituaries exclusively with this more capacious approach to Canetti. Earlier wide-ranging retrospective essays by William Gass and Roger Kimball,54 both penned well before Canetti’s demise, as well as David Denby’s 1999 New Yorker essay “Learning 36 E WILLIAM COLLINS DONAHUE to Love Canetti,” all perform the same salubrious function of placing Ca55 netti in richer and broader intellectual contexts. There are also encouraging signs on the academic horizon: Michael Mack’s recent study, Anthropology as Memory: Elias Canetti’s and Franz Baermann Steiner’s Responses to the Shoah, is one of the very few scholarly treatises that boldly — and by no means uncritically — inserts Canetti into the very intellectual, philosophical, and 56 religious debates that his work engages and provokes.

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