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Author Robinson, Benjamin, 1962-

Title The Skin of the System : On Germany's Socialist Modernity
Published Palo Alto : Stanford University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (369 pages)
Contents Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: On Socialist Vacation; Part I: Between Not Yet and No Longer; 1. Utopia and Actuality: What Is to Be Done with Really Existing Socialism?; 2. Other Systems: Mud, Mana, Money; 3. The Skin of the System and the DIN of the System: A Poetics of Sovereignity and System; Part II: Plurality and the Optimum Optimorum; 4. Diabolical Transformations: A Necessary Comrade; 5. Tertium non Datur: The Systems Erotics of Socialism; 6. Camps, Laws, and Plans: The Socialist Camp; 7. Revolutionary Laws: Emergence and Emergency
8. Plans, Leaps, Heaps: The Measure of the HumanNotes; Bibliography; Index
Summary The Skin of the System objects to the idea that there is only one modernitythat of liberal capitalism. Starting from the simple conviction that whatever else East German socialism was, it was real, this book focuses on what made historical socialism different from social systems in the West. In this way, the study elicits the general question: what must we think in order to think an other system at all?To approach this question, Robinson turns to the remarkable writer Franz Fhmann, the East German who most single-mindedly dedicated himself to understanding what it means to transform from fas
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Subject F├╝hmann, Franz -- Criticism and interpretation.
Socialism and literature -- Germany (East)
Socialism -- Germany (East)
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0804772487 (electronic bk.)
9780804772488 (electronic bk.)