302 pp., 6 x 9, 9 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5742-4
Published: October 2020
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-7522-3
Published: January 2003
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Awards & distinctions
2002 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures, Modern Language Association
About the Author
William Collins Donahue is associate professor of German and a member of the Jewish Studies faculty at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
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"If one has time to read only one recent English-language study of Elias Canetti's 1935 Auto-da-Fé, this would be the book. . . . no other interpretation of the novel has brought all of these contexts together as convincingly, providing the most complete overview to date of Canetti's novel as a satire of contemporary intellectual and social phenomena."--Monatshefte
"This landmark analysis of Canetti's Auto-da-Fé is nothing short of dazzling. With a sure and steady hand, William Donahue reveals the literary and cultural stakes in this maddeningly elusive but powerfully seductive novel. Identifying discourses on gender, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and anti-Semitism, he demonstrates how profoundly the work is in dialogue with the culture in which it was written, relentlessly diagnosing its discontents."--Maria Tatar, Harvard University
"A readable and fascinating book on one of the major modernist novels of the twentieth century. Donahue's literary/philosophical reading of Auto-da-Fé places this complex novel in many of the polemical currents of Canetti's day. But more importantly, Donahue is able to show how this reading also transcends the limitation of a novel of any given period, addressing major issues that remain of central importance today."--Sander L. Gilman, University of Illinois at Chicago