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Sanos, Sandrine, author
The aesthetics of hate : far-right intellectuals, antisemitism, and gender in 1930s France / Sandrine Sanos
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2013]
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Subject(s) Right-wing extremists -- France -- History -- 20th century
Radicalism -- France -- History -- 20th century
Antisemitism -- France -- History -- 20th century
Masculinity -- France -- History -- 20th century
Fascist aesthetics -- France -- History -- 20th century
Politics and literature -- France -- History -- 20th century
Subject France -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
France -- Politics and government -- 1914-1940
Physical Description xi, 369 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-354) and index
Contents "The crisis is in man" : the nation, the self, and cultural politics in the 1930s -- A genealogy of the far-right -- "Will we get out of French abjection?" : the politics and aesthetics insurgency of the young new right -- The absent author : Maurice Blanchot and the subjection of politics -- "Negroid Jews against white men" : Louis-Ferdinand Céline and the politics of literature -- The race of fascism : Je suis partout, race, and culture
Summary The Aesthetics of Hate examines the writings of a motley collection of interwar far-right French intellectuals, showing that they defined Frenchness in racial, gendered, and sexual terms
Note In works infused with rhetorics of abjection, disgust, and dissolution, such writers as Maulnier, Brasillach, Céline, and Blanchot imagined the nation through figures deemed illegitimate or inferior-Jews, colonial subjects, homosexuals, women. Sanos argues that these intellectuals offered an "aesthetics of hate," reinventing a language of far-right nationalism by appealing to the realm of beauty and the sublime for political solutions
By acknowledging the constitutive relationship of antisemitism and colonial racism at the heart of these canonical writers' nationalism, this book makes us rethink how aesthetics and politics function, how race is imagined and defined, how gender structured far-right thought, and how we conceive of French intellectual life and fascism
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