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Critical essays on Elias Canetti
Darby, David, 1956-
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New York : G.K. Hall, [2000]

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xi, 299 pages ; 25 cm.
Elias Canetti: poet and intellectual / Dagmar Barnouw -- Auto-da-Fé / Hermann Hesse -- Auto-da-Fé / Hans Magnus Enzensberger -- The world can no longer be depicted as in earlier novels / Elias Canetti, in conversation with Manfred Durzak -- Auto da fé: reading misreading in Elias Canetti's Die Blendung / Patrick O'Neill -- The uses of parody: Gogol, Stendhal, and Kafka in Canetti's Auto-da-Fé / Harriet Murphy -- The acoustic mask: toward a theory of drama / Elias Canetti, in conversation with Manfred Durzak -- The power and powerlessness of the earwitness: the dramatic in Canetti's early plays / Peter Laemmle -- Utopian dissent: Canetti's dramatic fictions / Dagmar Barnouw -- Crowds and power / Elias Canetti and Theodor W. Adorno, in conversation -- Mass, might and myth / Iris Murdoch -- Canetti as anthropologist / Ritchie Robertson -- Destiny's herald: Elias Canetti's crowds and power and its continuing influence / Hansjakob Werlen -- At the edge of silence: "mystery" in the work of Elias Canetti / Gerhard Melzer -- The dignity of difference: self and other in Elias Canetti's Voices of Marrakesh / Anne Fuchs -- The only sentence and its sole possessor: the symbolic power of Elias Canetti / Gerhard Melzer -- The individual and his literature: on Elias Canetti's conception of the writer / Bernd Witte -- Canetti's later work / J.P. Stern -- A passion for people: Elias Canetti's autobiography and its implications for exile studies / Harriet Murphy -- "Fissures in the monument": reassessing Elias Canetti's autobiographical works / Friederike Eigler -- The writer in hiding / Claudio Magris.
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This Austrian writer and Nobel Laureate ("Auto-da-Fé , Crowds" and "Power") is hailed as one of the canonical authors of the modern period.

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When Canetti (1905-94) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981, he was virtually unknown in the English-speaking world. He was a relentless writer, uncompromising often to the point of obsessive single-mindedness and driven to explore mental extremes. His lifelong intellectual motivation was the need to understand the power of crowds, the potential for evil inherent in masses, the psychology of egoism and manipulated irrationality. His cerebral intensity has generally provoked respectful admiration, often expressed as polite consent even when a true meeting of the minds is virtually impossible, as is apparent in his conversation with Theodor W. Adorno on Crowds and Power (Eng tr., 1962), reprinted here. Canetti's "passion for people" (to quote from the title of H. Murphy's discussion of his autobiography) did not, however, make him popular. Thus, the prudently selected essays in this volume are all the more welcome. Darby (Univ. of Western Ontario) collects 21 pieces, many appearing here in English for the first time; the essays analyze a diverse yet consistent oeuvre with the force of scholarly passion (yes: passion) and reasoned argument. Highly recommend to all discriminating readers, upper-division undergraduates through faculty and laypeople. M. Winkler; Rice University