Max Frisch, the Reluctant Modernist

Author: White, Alfred
Year:1996
Pages:448
ISBN:0-7734-9133-3
978-0-7734-9133-5
Price:259.95
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.

Reviews

"What is praiseworthy, however, is his inclusion of not only Frisch's major works - his dramas, novels, and journals - but also his early journalistic efforts, which have received only scant attention in previous scholarship and which White integrates into his study. The volume is equipped with a detailed table of contents; an index of persons, places, concepts, and works by Frisch; and a 13-page selective bibliography." - Seminar