Affiliations: German and Romance Languages
Senior Capstone Award, The Bianca Theisen Undergraduate Research Award in German and Romance Literature and Languages
During the 1920s in Weimar Republic Germany, a fascinating political movement emerged, known as the Konservative Revolution. The Conservative Revolution was the nationalistic and militaristic idealogical forerunner to Nazism, and has significant influence during this time. Most interestingly however, this movement used literature and poetry—rather than political manifestos or journalism—to disseminate their ideology. Using this German prose as my primary source, I am uncovering and analyzing the constructed myths and symbols employed by these revolutionaries in their literary works. For example, Conservative Revolutionary Earnst Junger draws on the nihilistic philosophy of Nietzsche in his Kriegsymthos (myth of war), which treats war as a “natural” and “inevitable” fate of man.