From machines to screens: the flattening effect in Christian Kracht’s "Faserland" Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Mag, Tobias
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • In this thesis, I argue that Christian Kracht’s novel Faserland is a paradigmatic representation of the quandary of postmodernity facing Germany. I discuss the transition from modernity to postmodernity as it is manifested in this novel as a flattening or homogenization of the vertically-oriented, individuating concept of a Marcusean critical modernity. The transition is marked by a semiotic paradigm shift from the Marcusean construct of the Machine to what I refer to as the “Blue-Screen.” The central problem underlying this change is how Germany as a society is to adapt to postmodernity and its eradication of identity and individuality. While the behavior of the novel’s protagonist offers a potential coping mechanism in line with Félix Guattari’s concept of “Machinic Doping,” it is a solution that Germany is unable to utilize, as the postmodern implication of severing ties to the past is something that the nation cannot accept.
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