Appearing between two historical touchstones-the alleged end of communism and the 100th anniversary of Nietzsche's death-this book offers a provocative hypothesis about the philosopher's afterlife and the fate of leftist thought and culture. At issue is the relation of the dead Nietzsche (corpse) and his written work (corpus) to subsequent living Nietzscheanism across the political spectrum, but primarily among a leftist corps that has been programmed and manipulated by concealed dimensions of the philosopher's thought. If anyone is responsible for what Geoff Waite maintains is the illusory death of communism, it is Nietzsche, the man and concept.
Waite advances his argument by bringing Marxist-especially Gramscian and Althusserian-theories to bear on the concept of Nietzsche/anism. But he also goes beyond ideological convictions to explore the vast Nietzschean influence that proliferates throughout the marketplace of contemporary philosophy, political and literary theory, and cultural and technocultural criticism. In light of a philological reconstruction of Nietzsche's published and unpublished texts, Nietzsche's Corps/e shuttles between philosophy and everyday popular culture and shows them to be equally significant in their having been influenced by Nietzsche-in however distorted a form and in a way that compromises all of our best interests.
Controversial in its "decelebration" of Nietzsche, this remarkable study asks whether the postcontemporary age already upon us will continue to be dominated and oriented by the haunting spectre of Nietzsche's corps/e. Philosophers, intellectual historians, literary theorists, and those interested in western Marxism, popular culture, Friedrich Nietzsche, and the intersection of French and German thought will find this book both appealing and challenging.
Geoff Waite is Associate Professor of German Studies at Cornell University.
Prologue xi 1. Nietzsche, The Only Position as Adversary 1 The Only Position 1 Incorporation as Adversary 7 Nietzsche/anism as Concept (Spinoza) 21 Between the Lines 30 Structural Causality (Althusser versus Heidegger) 34 Corps/e 51 Polemic and Hypothesis 58 Outline of the Argument, Anexact Philology 68 Utopia: Nietzsche versus Freud versus Marx 98 Caveat on the Un/canny 118 2. Channeling beyond Interpretation 123 On Slogans: Aesthetics, Politics, Prophecy 123 Left-Nietzschoids, Right-Nietzscheans 139 From Batalile (Channel 3) to Nietzsche (Channel 4) 166 3. Nietzsche's Esoteric Semiotics 195 Nietzsche 195 After Derrida 242 After Klossowski 265 Nietzsche Again 275 Esoterrorism: The Process of Weeding Out 288 4. Transformismo from Gramsci to Dick, or, The Spectacular Technoculture of Everyday Life 339 Preliminaries 339 Transformismo 365 Technoculture/Everyday Life 373 Epilogue 391 Too Much Nietzsche 391 The Toilet Was Full of Nietzsche 391 Nietzsche in Dormancy 392 Caput mortuum, or, The Industrialists of the Corps/e 392 Mao III 392 On the Dead Burying Their Dead 393 Nietzsche's Last Words 394 The Last Word 395 Notes 397 Index 555