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Diabolical Transformations: A Necessary Comrade

in The Skin of the System: On Germany's Socialist Modernity

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804762472
eISBN:
9780804772488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804762472.003.0005
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter examines the work, biography, and institutional commitments of Franz Fühmann, including his experience reading Georg Trakl as a fascist Wehrmacht soldier in the 1940s, his antifascist ... More


Revolutionary Laws: Emergence and Emergency

in The Skin of the System: On Germany's Socialist Modernity

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804762472
eISBN:
9780804772488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804762472.003.0008
Subject:
History, Political History

In the early 1970s, critical socialists such as Franz Fühmann and Christa Wolf had felt optimistic that the Socialist Unity Party (SED) dictatorship in East Germany would finally give way to a mature ... More


Camps, Laws, and Plans: The Socialist Camp

in The Skin of the System: On Germany's Socialist Modernity

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804762472
eISBN:
9780804772488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804762472.003.0007
Subject:
History, Political History

In the highly wrought context of postwar Europe, Georg Lukács, who had earlier rejected any form of “yielding to fate” (Schicksalsergebenheit), declared a great “turn of fate” (Schicksalswende) and ... More


The Skin of the System and the DIN of the System: A Poetics of Sovereignty and System

in The Skin of the System: On Germany's Socialist Modernity

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804762472
eISBN:
9780804772488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804762472.003.0004
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter examines socialist ontology by focusing on East German literature—in particular, the life and work of the socialist author Franz Fühmann. It discusses the contrast between indexical ... More


Tertium Non Datur: The Systems Erotics of Socialism

in The Skin of the System: On Germany's Socialist Modernity

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804762472
eISBN:
9780804772488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804762472.003.0006
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter examines Franz Fühmann's Muses to understand the poetics of transformation whose task is to ascertain the true difference a difference makes, rather than to ascertain just any ... More


The Din of the System: The Devil's Due

in The Skin of the System: On Germany's Socialist Modernity

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804762472
eISBN:
9780804772488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804762472.003.0010
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter explores some of the key themes from Franz Fühmann's work, highlighting the landmarks of socialism from the vantage point of a brief trip to the West, a strange place free of socialism's ... More


Introduction: On Socialist Vacation

in The Skin of the System: On Germany's Socialist Modernity

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804762472
eISBN:
9780804772488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804762472.003.0001
Subject:
History, Political History

This book explores an alternate form of modernity, one that is strangely different from the familiar modernity of liberal capitalism. It defines this strange system simply as capitalist modernity and ... More


The Skin of the System: On Germany's Socialist Modernity

Benjamin Robinson

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804762472
eISBN:
9780804772488
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804762472.001.0001
Subject:
History, Political History

This book objects to the idea that there is only one modernity—that of liberal capitalism. Starting from the simple conviction that whatever else East German socialism was, it was real, this book ... More


Plans, Leaps, Heaps: The Measure of the Human

in The Skin of the System: On Germany's Socialist Modernity

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804762472
eISBN:
9780804772488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804762472.003.0009
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter focuses on the institutionalized form of providential reasoning that lies somewhere between normative law and factual description, focusing on the philosopher Georg Klaus. Klaus, the ... More


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