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‘Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens’. Mahler, the Politics of Reason and the Metaphysics of Spiritualism

Barham, JM (2015) ‘Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens’. Mahler, the Politics of Reason and the Metaphysics of Spiritualism In: Naturlauf: Scholarly Journeys Toward Gustav Mahler. Essays in Honour of Henry-Louis de La Grange at His Ninetieth Birthday. Peter Lang, New York, pp. 73-109. ISBN 9781454196525

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Abstract

Mahler’s relationship with the political and intellectual currents of his time was complex. This essay uses a 1903 article from the Berliner Tageblatt, ‘Der Kampf gegen die Dummheit’ (‘The Fight against Stupidity’), briefly commented upon by Mahler in a letter to Alma, as a touchstone for unravelling some of this complexity. Although the article was primarily a critique of contemporary fraudulent spiritualist mediums, it implicitly framed this critique in the wider political context of Liberalism. Mahler’s response to it, along with related comments made in other letters, provides evidence of the composer’s sophisticated and uncertain positioning within the conflicting developments of the political, philosophical, religious and scientific thought of his generation.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects : Music
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Arts > Music
Authors :
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Barham, JMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 March 2015
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2015 Peter Lang International Publishers
Uncontrolled Keywords : Mahler, Politics, Philosophy, Spiritualism
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Sep 2016 10:48
Last Modified : 14 Sep 2016 10:49
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/806661

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