The Narrative of the Occident - An Essay on Its Present State

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Georg Schmid - The Narrative of the Occident - An Essay on Its Present State.
Civilizations "narrate themselves" in order to establish legitimacy, succeed against others, portray their own merits to their best advantage. The results... Lire la suite
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Résumé

Civilizations "narrate themselves" in order to establish legitimacy, succeed against others, portray their own merits to their best advantage. The results express societal dynamics, yet also have a retroactive effect and decisively influence the self-conceptions of the "initiating societies". Political philosophies, interpretations of history and social perceptions of artistic achievements all contribute to these narratives.
The dignified components, however, are by no means the sole or even the most important ones. Distinction in material culture (technological proficiency, popular art forms, etc.) or economic adroitness are even more consequential. The occidental narrative has been badly vacillating lately. Its severe crisis – due in part to a lack of collective self-confidence, but also to disagreements between its main strands – merits a meticulous analysis of a multitude of criteria.
The resulting critique is embedded in reflections on a general theory of narrativity.

Caractéristiques

  • Date de parution
    01/03/2009
  • Editeur
  • ISBN
    978-3-631-57562-8
  • EAN
    9783631575628
  • Nb. de pages
    468 pages

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Biographie de Georg Schmid

The Author : Georg Schmid was born in Vienna and now lives in south-western France. He has taught at universities in the USA, in Paris and mainly at the University of Salzburg. Among his recent books is Profiling the American Detective (Frankfurt am Main 2004).

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