Kigalar Broch believed kitsch was substituting ethical for aesthetic. The techniques of kitsch, which are based on imitation, are rational and operate according to formulas; the remain rational even when their result has a highly irrational, even crazy, quality. Still, the loss of so many of the major architectural works of medieval Islam has meant that the usual imposing of certain chronologies of style is for the most part impossible. But to do that one must degrade the ability for representation, but that is double edged.
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In he converted to Roman Catholicism and married Franziska von Rothermann, the daughter of a knighted manufacturer. His marriage ended in divorce in In he sold the textile factory and decided to study mathematics , philosophy and psychology at the University of Vienna. He embarked on a full-time literary career only around the age of With the annexation of Austria by the Nazis , Broch was arrested in the small Alpine town of Bad Aussee for possession of a socialist magazine but was soon released.
Shortly thereafter, a movement organized by friends — including James Joyce , Thornton Wilder , and his translators Edwin and Willa Muir — managed to help him emigrate; first to Britain and then to the United States , where he published his novel The Death of Virgil and his collection of short stories The Guiltless. While in exile, he also continued to write on politics and work on mass psychology, similar to Elias Canetti and Hannah Arendt.
His essay on mass behaviour remained unfinished. Work[ edit ] One of his foremost works, The Death of Virgil Der Tod des Vergil was first published in simultaneously in its original German and in English translation. Here, shocked by the balefulness Unheil of the society he glorifies in his Aeneid , the feverish Virgil resolves to burn his epic, but is thwarted by his close friend and emperor Augustus before he succumbs to his fatal ailment.
The final chapter exhibits the final hallucinations of the poet, where Virgil voyages to a distant land at which he witnesses roughly the biblical creation story in reverse. Erich Heller observed that if "The Death of Virgil is his masterpiece He even says his Georgics are useless, inferior to any expert treatise on agriculture.
His friend the Emperor Augustus undoes his design and his works are saved. The Sleepwalkers is a trilogy, where Broch takes "the degeneration of values" as his theme. The trilogy has been praised by Milan Kundera , whose writing has been greatly influenced by Broch. Broch demonstrates mastery of a wide range of styles, from the gentle parody of Theodor Fontane in the first volume of The Sleepwalkers through the essayistic segments of the third volume to the dithyrambic phantasmagoria of The Death of Virgil.
Steinberg Die Verzauberung, — The Spell trans. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, — KW 1: Die Schlafwandler. Roman KW 3: Die Verzauberung. Roman KW 5: Die Schuldlosen.
Hermann Broch on Kitsch
In he converted to Roman Catholicism and married Franziska von Rothermann, the daughter of a knighted manufacturer. His marriage ended in divorce in In he sold the textile factory and decided to study mathematics , philosophy and psychology at the University of Vienna. He embarked on a full-time literary career only around the age of
HERMANN BROCH KITSCH PDF
Ein Handeln, das von Empathie geleitet wird, befreit den Menschen vom Subjektivismus und schenkt Blitzmomente der Erkenntnis von Ewigkeit. Als solcher befragt er die Kunst ganz allgemein auf ihre Aufgabe und auf ihre Bedeutung hin. Er gelangt zu der Unterscheidung von Kunst und Kitsch. Die Kunst wird von der Weltenangst getragen. Sie ist der Kampf gegen die Dunkelheit ewiger Nacht. Der Kitsch befriedigt die Triebe. Solche Erkenntnis nennt Broch Mystik.
I leave you with a few ideas from Hermann Broch who, although he is better known for novels like The Death of Virgil and The Sleepwalkers, wrote some very provocative essays about art. The essence of Kitsch consists of exchanging the ethical category with the aesthetic category. And this means that the kitsch novel, even while often using quite naturalistic language, i. It is quite significant—and nowhere is this so obvious as in poetry, but also somewhat in music—that kitsch must always revert to the most primitive methods, precisely because it completely lacks any imagination of its own… And just so we can see how far Broch is willing to take this: The maker of kitsch does not create inferior art, he is not an incompetent or a bungler, he cannot be evaluated by aesthetic standards; rather he is ethically depraved, a criminal willing radical evil. Kitsch neutralizes them along with the aesthetic phenomenon as a whole. Kitsch is art that cannot, or does not want to, be taken seriously, while at the same time, through its appearance, postulating aesthetic seriousness… In order to make the above definition of kitsch meaningful one would probably have to look at the expression of the work of art itself as an index of truth and falsehood. To establish authenticity or lack of authenticity is endlessly complicated however—one of the complications being the fact that the truth content of means of expression changes over time… Something to think about next time you are flipping through the pages of Popular Photography.