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Ziegler, Robert 1947-

Works: 7 works in 50 publications in 2 languages and 3,547 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Robert Ziegler
The nothing machine : the fiction of Octave Mirbeau by Robert Ziegler( )

10 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an era when reality was aestheticized as collectibles, Octave Mirbeau unleashed his fiction like a destructive machine, setting fire to stale material and discredited ideologies, burning them as fuel and expelling texts as clean emissions. In this first English-language overview of all the novels published under Mirbeau?s name, this study argues that Mirbeau is unique among his fin-de-siecle peers. Unlike the Decadents, whose art was a reliquary in which dead inspiration was preserved, Mirbeau disengaged himself from the corpses of past works. Abhorring tradition and complacency, Mirbeau elaborated a kinetics of fiction that made the novel into an agent of violent transformation. Contrasting the Decadents? aesthetic of elegant morbidity with Mirbeau?s vitalistic view of fiction, this volume shows Mirbeau modeling himself on the figure of the torture artist, cutting up his finished works, building novels to disassemble them, fitting them together in revolutionary ways. Creativity for Mirbeau fertilizes un jardin des supplices, a cemetery smoldering with decomposing texts that are resolved into their constituent parts and then reemerge in different guises. In Mirbeau?s writing, lives and art works are only transient aggregates of material, and creativity is immortalized through the perishing of old forms
Asymptote : an approach to decadent fiction by Robert Ziegler( )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Asymptote: An Approach to Decadent Fiction offers a radically new approach to the psychology of Decadent creation. Rejecting traditional arguments that Decadence is a celebration of deviance and exhaustion, this study presents the fin-de-siècle novel as a transformative process, a quest for health. By allowing the writer to project into fiction unwanted traits and destructive tendencies--by permitting the playful invention of provisional identities--Decadent creation itself becomes a dynamic act of creative regeneration. In describing the interrelationship of Decadent authors and their fictions, Asymptote uses the mathematical figure of the asymptote to show how they converge, then split apart, and grow distant. The author's approach to the facsimile selves he plays with and discards is the curve that never merges with his authorial identity."--Publisher description
Beauty raises the dead : literature and loss in the fin de siècle by Robert Ziegler( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By evolving an aesthetic of sickness and isolation - by fostering a belief in the unknowability of objective reality and the impending end of the world, the Decadents, who occupied the French literacy stage from 1870 to 1914, situated themselves in opposition to what was satisfying, enduring, healthy, and present. Yet if Decadent melancholy arose from experiences of object loss, the expression of that melancholy inspired creation and shaped the work of art. Drawing on psychoanalytic studies of mourning, from Freud and Melanie Klein, to Donald Winnicott and Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok, Beauty Raises the Dead examines the unique way in which the Decadents defined loss as a precondition to literacy creation."--Jacket
Satanism, magic and mysticism in fin-de-siècle France by Robert Ziegler( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and French and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The satanist -- The hoaxer -- The magus -- The mystic -- The miracle-worker
The mirror of divinity : the world and creation in J.-K. Huysmans by Robert Ziegler( Book )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and French and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Octave Mirbeau's fictions of the transcendental by Robert Ziegler( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Casting Octave Mirbeau as a fierce detractor of army, church, and schools--institutions of regimentation and repression that perverted man's instinct and alienated him from nature--critics and literary historians see his fiction as grounded in the sordid social reality of his time. Yet unlike his reactionary contemporaries who sought escape into the narcissistic bliss of mysticism (J.-K. Huysmans) or admission into the exclusive precincts of occult research (Joséphin Péladan), Mirbeau pursued experiences of the transcendental in order to better understand his suffering brothers whose plight he chronicles in his work" --
Feminized reality / male realism : the case of Huysmans' "Marthe" by Robert Ziegler( )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.17 (from 0.01 for Asymptote ... to 0.97 for Feminized ...)

The nothing machine : the fiction of Octave Mirbeau
Asymptote : an approach to decadent fictionBeauty raises the dead : literature and loss in the fin de siècleThe mirror of divinity : the world and creation in J.-K. Huysmans
English (48)

French (2)