White, Alfred D.

Max Frisch, the Reluctant Modernist
1996 0-7734-9133-3
This volume's central thesis is that Max Frisch was by temperament conservative in aesthetic and political matters. His work is examined chronologically in order to isolate elements of reaction: his flirtation with völkisch theories in the thirties; his lifelong difficulty in putting into practice his theoretical insights on the status of women; elements of potential modernity, such as the implicit theory of writer-reader relationships in his early journalistic work or the later explicit theory of diary as a form of expression appropriate to an era of change and dubious identity.