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Shaping the Superman : Fascist Body as Political Icon - Aryan Fascism - J. A. Mangan

Shaping the Superman

Fascist Body as Political Icon - Aryan Fascism

By: J. A. Mangan (Editor)

Paperback Published: 29th September 1999
ISBN: 9780714680132
Number Of Pages: 215

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This is a study of masculinity as a metaphor and especially of the muscular male body as a moral symbol. It explores the Nazi's preoccupation with the male body as an icon of political power, and the ideology and theories which propelled it.
One of the central images of masculinity in the Western cultural tradition is the murderous hero, the supreme specialist in violence. A string of warrior-heros - Achilles, Siegfried, Lancelot, Rambo - populate European and American film and literature. Governments can use this connection between admired masculinity and violent response to threat to mobilize support for war. This collection explores the most systematic case in modern history, the Nazi's cult of Nordic manhood, which reached its peak in the propaganda image of the SS-man.

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Series Editor's Forewordp. xi
Prologue: Legaciesp. 1
The Potent Image and the Permanent Prometheusp. 11
Racism, Social Darwinism, Anti-Semitism and Aryan Supremacyp. 23
Breeding, Bearing and Preparing the Aryan Body: Creating Supermen the Nazi Wayp. 42
Primacy of Performance: Superman not Superathletep. 69
Riefenstahl's Olympia: Ideology and Aesthetics in the Shaping of the Aryan Athletic Bodyp. 86
Blond, Strong and Pure: 'Proto-Fascism', Male Bodies and Political Traditionp. 107
Icon of Monumental Brutality: Art and the Aryan Manp. 128
Festival and Cult: Masculine and Militaristic Mechanisms of National Socialismp. 153
Sacred, Inspired Authority: D.H. Lawrence, Literature and the Fascist Bodyp. 169
Epilogue: Continuitiesp. 180
Select Bibliographyp. 196
Notes on Contributorsp. 203
Abstractsp. 205
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780714680132
ISBN-10: 0714680133
Series: Sport in the Global Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 215
Published: 29th September 1999
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1

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