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Final Mutiny: Reinhard Goering, His Life and Art

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Robert Chapin Davis

Through a close analysis of letters, essays, reviews, and selected works, this monograph charts the dramatist's literary attempts both to define the realm of man's freedom in a technological society and to discover a suitable pose for the individual facing his unavoidable fate. This investigation illustrates how the synthesis of two major strands of Goering's aesthetic theory and personal philosophy - «das Leben als Kunstwerk leben» and «einen Gedanken zu Ende denken» - form such a basic guiding principle for human conduct. Moreover, through a study of Reinhard Goering and especially the critical reception of his work, this book attempts to define more clearly the author's importance and influence within the Expressionist movement and the later trend towards Neue Sachlichkeit.
Contents: Goering, the artist and thinker - Aesthetic and dramatic theory, philosophy of art and life; influence of Rausch, George, Nietzsche, and Brecht.
Dr. Goering - innovative practitioner without a practice.
The political individualist - Goering's relationship to Marxism as well as to National Socialism and Hitler.