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Writing the Nazi Movement. The Poetry of Baldur von Schirach

Hundehege, Stefanie (2017) Writing the Nazi Movement. The Poetry of Baldur von Schirach. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:62985)

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This thesis examines the literary output and influence of Baldur von Schirach (1907-1974) and - since he devoted his writing to the service of the party and its leader - his resultant cultural contribution to the establishment and consolidation of the National Socialist dictatorship. To date, Schirach's political role as Reichsjugendfu?hrer has overshadowed his literary work and influence. By demonstrating that his poems were not only supported by the National Socialist regime but also widely read in nationalist and right-wing circles in and before the Nazi party's rise to power, I aim to complement and correct the current perception of Schirach's role in the Third Reich.

Engagement with Schirach as an author is not an attempt to rehabilitate him, or to rebut his categorisation as a National Socialist writer. Instead, by analysing his literary works and how they relate to other literary and ideological currents of his time, this study contributes to a more nuanced understanding of the role literature played in National Socialism at all stages of the party's development and thus to a broader understanding of the movement as a cultural as well as political phenomenon.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Holmes, Deborah
Thesis advisor: Hutchinson, Ben
Uncontrolled keywords: National Socialist literature, Political literature, Third Reich, Weimar Republic, War literature, Political religion, Post-1945 literature
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
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Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2017 15:10 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2021 10:37 UTC
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