Precision and Soul (häftad)
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University of Chicago Press
Burton Pike, David S Luft
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Precision and Soul

Essays and Addresses

Häftad,  Engelska, 1995-02-01
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"We do not have too much intellect and too little soul, but too little precision in matters of the soul."--Robert Musil Best known as author of the novel The Man without Qualities, Robert Musil wrote these essays in Vienna and Berlin between 1911 and 1937. Offering a perspective on modern society and intellectual life, they are concerned with the crisis of modern culture as it manifests itself in science and mathematics, capitalism and nationalism, the changing roles of women and writers, and more. Writing to find his way in a world where moral systems everywhere were seemingly in decay, Musil strives to reconcile the ongoing conflict between functional relativism and the passionate search for ethical values. Robert Musil was born in 1880 and died in 1942. His first novel, Young Trless, is available in English. A new two-volume translation by Burton Pike and Sophie Wilkins of The Man without Qualities is forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf. "Now we have these thirty-one invaluable and entertaining pieces, from an article on 'The Obscene and Pathological in Art' to the equally provocative talk 'On Stupidity,' which, with a new translation of The Man without Qualities forthcoming ...amount to a literary event for the reader of English comparable to Constance Garnett's massive translation of Chekhov's stories."--Joseph Coates, Chicago Tribune
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David S. Luft is a professor of history at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Robert Musil and the Crisis of European Culture and the coeditor and cotranslator of Robert Musil's Precision and Soul: Essays and Addresses, the latter published by the University of Chicago Press.


Foreword Introduction The Obscene and Pathological in Art Novellas Profile of a Program Politics in Austria The Religious Spirit, Modernism, and Metaphysics On Robert Musil's Books Political Confessions of a Young Man Moral Fruitfulness The Mathematical Man [On Criticism] The Goals of Literature [On the Essay] Literary Chronicle Commentary on a Metapsychics Sketch of What the Writer Knows [Psychology and Literature] Cinema or Theater Literati and Literature Anschluss with Germany Buridan's Austrian "Nation" as Ideal and as Reality Helpless Europe Mind and Experience The German as Symptom Toward a New Aesthetic Woman Yesterday and Tomorrow Ruminations of a Slow-witted Mind Address at the Memorial Service for Rilke in Berlin The Serious Writer in Our Time [Lecture, Paris] On Stupidity Appendix A. Musil's Sketch for an Introduction to a Planned Volume of Essays Appendix B. Dates of First Publication Notes