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Authors:Daan Rutten: Utrecht University, Netherlands
Publication title:Littell’s “The Kindly Ones” and the ‘Aesthetic Moment’ of Max Aue: A Socio-aesthetical Approach
Conference:Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, June 15–17, Norrköping, Sweden 2011
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:062
Article No.:049
Abstract:Almost three decades after the publication of ‘Male fantasies’, the fascinating cultural and psychological inquiry into the minds of German Freikorps officers in the interwar period by cultural sociologist Klaus Theweleit, the American-French author Jonathan Littell wrote the bestseller novel The Kindly Ones (original: Les Bienveillantes). The novel recounts the experiences of the fictional SS officer Max Aue and Littell is clearly well informed through former historical and cultural research, and especially through the research of Theweleit. Still, the novel The Kindly Ones rattled the cage after it was released in 2006. The book managed to win two important French awards, though multiple literary critics reviewed the book in shock, criticizing the novel with adjectives as monstrous and perverse. Why is the aesthetic fantasy, apparently, more forceful and appalling than the truth?
Language:English
Year:2011
No. of pages:10
Pages:475-484
ISBN:978-91-7519-993-1
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/062/049/ecp11062049.pdf
Available:2011-11-22
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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Daan Rutten (2011). Littell’s “The Kindly Ones” and the ‘Aesthetic Moment’ of Max Aue: A Socio-aesthetical Approach, Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, June 15–17, Norrköping, Sweden 2011 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=062;article=049 (accessed 8/30/2014)