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Zum ambivalenten Gebrauch des Wortes >fanatisch<: Lion Feuchtwangers Umgang mit dem umstrittenen Begriff

The following study is a contribution to the history of the ambivalent using of >fanatisch / Fanatiker / Fanatismus< in the 19th and 20th century. The positive meaning is not only a characteristic indication of the fascistic language. Surprisingly there are several examples in the works of Lion... Full description

1st Person: Scholz, Rüdiger
Source: in Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte Vol. 51 (2009), p. 127-154
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Type of Publication: Article
Language: German
Published: 2009
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Summary: The following study is a contribution to the history of the ambivalent using of >fanatisch / Fanatiker / Fanatismus< in the 19th and 20th century. The positive meaning is not only a characteristic indication of the fascistic language. Surprisingly there are several examples in the works of Lion Feuchtwanger, German Jew and indisputed anti-fascist, so that Klemperers thesis of the only negative meaning by democrats, in the tradition of the Enlightenment, is not true. Using >fanatic< in a positive manner, Feuchtwanger himself is standing in the tradition, of Heinrich Heine, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and other radical democrats and communists. This result shows the difficulty to define the German fascistic language by lexical meanings.
Item Description: Copyright: © Felix Meiner Verlag 2009
Physical Description: Online-Ressource
ISSN: 0003-8946

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