Critical Essays (The German Library, Volume 98) by Hans Magnus Enzensberger PDF

By Hans Magnus Enzensberger

ISBN-10: 0826402585

ISBN-13: 9780826402585

Edited through Reinhold Grimm and Bruce Armstrong

Foreword: John Simon vii
Introduction: Reinhold Grimm xi

Part One : Literature and the Media 1
1. The Industrialization of the brain 3
Translated by way of the author
2. Poetry and Politics 15
Translated through Michael Roloff
3. Commonplaces at the latest Literature 35
Translated via Michael Roloff
4. ingredients of a concept of the Media forty six
Translated by way of Stuart Hood

Part : Politics and historical past 77
Translated through Michael Roloff
1. towards a thought of Treason 79
2. Reflections ahead of a Glass Cage 94
3. Las Casas, or A glance again into the destiny 116
4. Berlin Commonplaces 138

Part 3 : Sociology and Ecology 157
1. travelers of the Revolution 159
Translated by means of Michael Roloff
2. A Critique of Political Ecology 186
Translated by way of Stuart Hood
3. On the Inevitability of thie center Classes:
A Sociological Caprice 224
Translated by way of Judith Ryan
4. Notes on the tip of the area 233
Translated by way of David Fernbach
Notes 243

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Mir muoz der iemer lieber sin der mir ist guot, he writes in the service of Friedrich3: “How shall I pay court to him who treats me ill? ” Or in plain English, I shall praise the one who knows how to reward me suitably. Such frankness must not be mistaken for naivete; tactically it is very shrewd. 4 The shamelessness of such lines, their lack of restraint, the easy conscience with which they are uttered, all the qualities in fact that we find painful or incomprehensible in them, are characteristic.

S. Eliot acknowledged the monarchy and the Anglican Church; does The Waste Land thereby become an edifying plea for a literature of the day before yesterday? Can a confining political viewpoint of the author cast the poetic revolt of these verses into chains? Since Plato’s day, of course, the self­ appointed ideological watchdogs have always considered view­ points more important than the objective social content of poetry. This content can be found only in the language of poetry, the discovery of which presupposes an ear.

This patronage certainly does not owe its existence to any special liking for poets on the part of the rul­ ers. The Maecenas-like gesture always has about it something of the pious fraud when exercised ex officio, since the reason for it is not the overlord’s appreciation of art, or his generosity, but the fact that in the last resort it protects the protector from the pro­ tege, from the threat to his rule inherent in poetry itself. Feudal society never lost its awareness of this, as can be seen in even the most vapid eulogistic routine, and trashiest and most servile dedi­ catory verses.

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