This is the second volume of Theweleita 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.
Klaus Theweleit earned his Ph.D. in German Literature at the University of Friebourg and is now a freelance writer working in West Germany. He is the author of both Male Fantasies (Polity Press, 1987) and Male Fantasies, Volume 2 (Polity Press, 1989).
Foreword. Chapter 1: The Mass and Its Counterparts. . The Mass as Embodiment of a Specific Unconsciousness aeo Contagious Lust aeo The Alien within as a Primitive Mana aeo Aspects of the Masses in Reality aeo Women to the Fore aeo The Uncanny aeo Blackout, and Loss of Fleshly Reality: Decomposition with the Mass aeo The Mass and the Culture: The a Upstandinga Individual aeo Culture and the Army aeo Undefeated in the Field? aeo The Mass and the Race aeo The Nation aeo The People aeo The Whole aeo Excursus: The Sexualization of Language aeo A Forerunner on the Road to the Reich aeo Ths Speech aeo The Eyes. Chapter 2: Male Bodies and the a White Terror. Sexuality and the Drill aeo The Body Reconstructed in te Military Academy aeo The Troop as a Totality--Machine aeo The Totality--Component: Figure of Steel aeo Preliminary Comments on the Agency of the Ego aeo Blackouts aeo The Absorbtion of Sexual Desire aeo Prussian Socialism aeo Battle and te Body aeo Speed and Explosions: Contact with the a Objecta aeo The Site of War aeo The Soldierly Body, the Technological Machine, and the Fascist Aesthetic aeo The Ego of the Soldier Male aeo Fragmented Armor aeo The Ego and Maintainance Mechanisms aeo Ego--Disintegration and Work aeo Collected Observations on the Ego of the Not--Yet--Fully--Born aeo Fascism and the Family aeo Regression aeo Susceptability to Analysis aeo Conciousness aeo Memory aeo a He Has It in Hand...a aeo Projection aeo Aids to Full Birth aeo The Aggressive Nature of Human Beings aeo Mountains of Corpses. Chapter 3: The White Terror as Bounding and Maintainance of the Self aeo Three Perceptual Identities Associated with the a Undifferentiated Objects of the Drivesa aeo Black White Red aeo The Whip aeo Ritual Flogging and the Look aeo Homosexuality and the White Terror aeo Homosexuality and Sado--Masochism aeo Homosexual Desire aeo Controvesy aeo Socaridesa s Overt Homosexual aeo Anal Intercourse as an Act of Maintainance aeo Homosexuality in the Military Academy aeo Transsexuality as Regulated Play aeo The Attractiveness of Men as a Social Quality aeo Freud and History aeo The Struggle for Power as a Struggle between the Homosexual and the Anti--Homosexual aeo Double Double Blind aeo. Conclusion. Notes. Bibliography. Index.