Abstract

Abstract:

This article reconsiders the power of myth in light of the rise of neo-fascist or new fascist leaders casting a shadow on the contemporary political scene. Taking its starting point from Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe’s and Jean-Luc Nancy’s seminal essay, “The Nazi Myth,” the article offers a genealogy of the affective and infective power of myth rooted in the ancient problematic of mimesis. It argues that stepping back to texts central to the rise of the Nazi movement like Alfred Rosenberg’s The Myth of the 20th Century can help us diagnose what Nietzsche calls the representational (or Apollonian) and affective (or Dionysian) power of mythic mimesis, a mimetic power currently reloaded by apprentice presidents with (new) fascist aspirations in need of unmasking operations

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Additional Information

ISSN
1931-0234
Print ISSN
0014-0767
Pages
pp. 64-82
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-19
Open Access
No
Archive Status
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