Carl Schmitt and Literature
523 pages, 2022
Print: <978-3-428-18608-2>, geb., € 49,90
E-Book: <978-3-428-58608-0> € 44,90
Andreas Höfeles book is the first complete account of Carl Schmitts dealings with literature. It reconstructs the intellectual biography of the controversial constitutional lawyer in the light of the most important literary authors, works, and figures in the various phases of his long life. Schmitt was friends with poets, he wrote about literature and also wrote literary texts himself. Above all, however, literature was an indispensable resource of thought for him throughout his life. The book describes the political and personal constellations that shaped Schmitt’s approach to literature and in which he found resonance. It shows that literature is not a side show of Schmitt’s thought. It is a mirror and repeatedly a central frame of reference for Schmitt’s view of contemporary history and for the mythical exaggeration of his own role in it.
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