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This is the second volume of Theweleit's extraordinary study of the fantasies of some of the men centrally involved in the rise of Nazism. The author develops his account by focusing on the representation of masculinity and homosexuality and their relation to the preparations for and conduct of war. He offers a psychoanalytic interpretation of the role of warfare as a sear This is the second volume of Theweleit's extraordinary study of the fantasies of some of the men centrally involved in the rise of Nazism. The author develops his account by focusing on the representation of masculinity and homosexuality and their relation to the preparations for and conduct of war. He offers a psychoanalytic interpretation of the role of warfare as a search for sensation without desire or pleasure, leading to an image of the body which emphasizes hardness, self-discipline and, ultimately, violence. This is much more than a book about culture of warfare: it is about sexuality and power, about gender, representation and violence. It is a document of our times which will be of interest to anyone concerned with modern history, contemporary politics and social, political and literary theory.


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This is the second volume of Theweleit's extraordinary study of the fantasies of some of the men centrally involved in the rise of Nazism. The author develops his account by focusing on the representation of masculinity and homosexuality and their relation to the preparations for and conduct of war. He offers a psychoanalytic interpretation of the role of warfare as a sear This is the second volume of Theweleit's extraordinary study of the fantasies of some of the men centrally involved in the rise of Nazism. The author develops his account by focusing on the representation of masculinity and homosexuality and their relation to the preparations for and conduct of war. He offers a psychoanalytic interpretation of the role of warfare as a search for sensation without desire or pleasure, leading to an image of the body which emphasizes hardness, self-discipline and, ultimately, violence. This is much more than a book about culture of warfare: it is about sexuality and power, about gender, representation and violence. It is a document of our times which will be of interest to anyone concerned with modern history, contemporary politics and social, political and literary theory.

30 review for Male Fantasies: Volume 2: Male Bodies: Psychoanalyzing the White Terror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Male Fantasies Vol. 2 is very different approach to understanding fascism than what I am used to reading. Theweleit uses literature written by Junger, von Salomon, Goebbels, and other 1920's inter-war German fascists and Freikorps men and applies a Freudian feminist psychosexual literary critique that completely rules out economic and historical factors of explanation. The author argues that fascism was strictly an irrational phenomenon that reached its climax in fascist ritual ceremonies (simil Male Fantasies Vol. 2 is very different approach to understanding fascism than what I am used to reading. Theweleit uses literature written by Junger, von Salomon, Goebbels, and other 1920's inter-war German fascists and Freikorps men and applies a Freudian feminist psychosexual literary critique that completely rules out economic and historical factors of explanation. The author argues that fascism was strictly an irrational phenomenon that reached its climax in fascist ritual ceremonies (similar to Bataille) and killing. Influenced by the Frankfurt school, Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari and the late 1960's New Left, I'm not entirely sure how much I agree with Theweleit, but this makes for an entertaining read. Interestingly, author's digressions on gender and patriarchy prophetically sounds much like how gender is being revolutionized by the Left today. The library accidentally sent me the second volume first so that is why I'm reading it before I get to the first volume.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ultra

    this is by far the best analysis of the "state of mind" of fascist men, or rather an exploration of their desires, that i have ever read. a+

  3. 5 out of 5

    Acacia

    oh geez i remember when i first found this on archive, and i read it and i didnt know what i was reading i had foudn it while researching raceplay for a short PROJECT-THESIS-ESSAY thing i had... insightful... never read the other volumes... probably i should. fine read...d...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Kinlin

    "bloody mass" = red "empty space" = white melting "blackout" = black

  5. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    I read the first part of this second volume of Male Fantasies, which seems to take as its object of study the figure of the soldier both as an abstract possibility and as a historical fact of the Nazi regime. The historical may be interesting, but the really useful parts are the abstractable theoretical points on how the opposition isn't exactly crowd-vs.-individual, but formed-crowd-(army)-vs.-unformed-crowd-(mass,race); the formation of the army, as in Freud, comes to serve as an externalized I read the first part of this second volume of Male Fantasies, which seems to take as its object of study the figure of the soldier both as an abstract possibility and as a historical fact of the Nazi regime. The historical may be interesting, but the really useful parts are the abstractable theoretical points on how the opposition isn't exactly crowd-vs.-individual, but formed-crowd-(army)-vs.-unformed-crowd-(mass,race); the formation of the army, as in Freud, comes to serve as an externalized skeleton that keeps ones dead desires in control until they are able to be released--as the desire for death--on the battlefield. His other interesting point is that the appearance of governmental secrecy gives people a feeling of security on the analogy that their own bodies contain an unknowable mystery -- thus the pure logic that goes on behind doors acts as a seal on the governance of the body. (And, consequently, an attempt at an open politics will fail to move people affectively until the body is known, a point which matches up very well with Teresa Brennan's Transmission of Affect.)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mirza Sultan-Galiev

    finally got around to vol.2.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    What does it say that I've only read Volume 2....

  8. 4 out of 5

    hay man

    sick pictures, klaus

  9. 4 out of 5

    aloveiz

  10. 4 out of 5

    Razvanciobanu

  11. 5 out of 5

    Adrian

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    Matthew W

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    Daniel

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    Eryk

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    Philip Fisher

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    Nicole

  17. 5 out of 5

    Peter

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    Juliet Jacobson

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    Brixton

  20. 5 out of 5

    The Media Bunny

  21. 4 out of 5

    Max Friedrich

  22. 5 out of 5

    Troy R. McGee Jr.

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    Dene October

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    Marc Nash

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    Barbara

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrew smith

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ronsens

  30. 4 out of 5

    Charles

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