Zarathustra's Dionysian Modernism

Stanford University Press (2001)
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The author shows that literary fiction can do the work of philosophy, arguing that Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra is a philosophical explanation of the possibility of modernism. Nietzsche takes up the problem of modernism by inventing Zarathustra, a self-styled cultural innovator who aspires to subvert the culture of modernity (the repressive culture of the 'last man') by creating new values. By showing how Zarathustra can become a creator of new values, notwithstanding the forces that hinder his will to innovate, Nietzsche answers the skeptic who proclaims that new-values creation is impossible. Zarathustra is a story of repeated clashes between Zarathustra's avant-garde, modernist intentions and figures of doubt who condemn those intentions.
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Call number B3313.A473.G66 2001
ISBN(s) 0804732957   0804732949   9780804732956
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