Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226737874 Will Publish December 2020
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The Dynastic Imagination

Family and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Germany

Adrian Daub

The Dynastic Imagination

Adrian Daub

256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2020
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226737874 Will Publish December 2020
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780226737737 Will Publish December 2020
E-book $29.00 ISBN: 9780226737904 Will Publish December 2020
Adrian Daub’s The Dynastic Imagination offers an unexpected account of modern German intellectual history through frameworks of family and kinship. Modernity aimed to brush off dynastic, hierarchical authority and to make society anew through the mechanisms of marriage, siblinghood, and love. It was, in other words, centered on the nuclear family. But as Daub shows, the dynastic imagination persisted, in time emerging as a critical stance by which the nuclear family’s conservatism and temporal limits could be exposed. Focusing on the complex interaction between dynasties and national identity-formation in Germany, Daub shows how a lingering preoccupation with dynastic modes of explanation, legitimation, and organization suffused German literature and culture.

Daub builds this conception of dynasty in a syncretic study of the literature, sciences, and history of ideas into the twentieth century. As early modernism discovered a standpoint from which to critique the nuclear family, remnants of dynastic ideology kept their hold variously on Richard Wagner, Émile Zola, Stefan George, and Sigmund Freud. At every stage of cultural progression, Daub reveals how the relation of dynastic to nuclear families inflected modern intellectual history.
Introduction: An Essay on Mediate Family

Chapter 1: Into the Family Gallery

Chapter 2: Nuclearity and Its Discontents

Chapter 3: Abortive Romanticism

Chapter 4: Feminism, or The Hegelian Dynasty

Chapter 5: Wagner, or The Bourgeois Dynasty

Chapter 6: Naturalism, or The Dynastic Romance

Chapter 7: Freud, or The Reluctant Patriarch

Chapter 8: George, or The Queer Dynasty

Epilogue: Black Sheep



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