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Chapter 2: The critical-utopian aspect of Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften. 1. Behalve in het hoofdwerk Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften werkte Musil zijn. GABRIELA STOICEA Clemson university Moosbrugger and the Case for Responsibility in Robert Musil's Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften In October , . De Cauwer, Stijn A Diagnosis of Modern Life Robert Musil's Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften as a Critical-Utopian Project Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am.
In the second book, Pseudoreality Prevails , Ulrich joins the so-called "Collateral Campaign" or "Parallel Campaign", frantic preparations for a celebration in honor of 70 years of the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph 's reign. This coincidence stirs the Austrian patriots into a fury of action to demonstrate Austria's political, cultural, and philosophical supremacy via a feast which will capture the minds of the Austrian Emperor's subjects and people of the world forever.
On that account, many bright ideas and visions are discussed e. A couple of people take part in the organization team or catch the eye of Ulrich. Ermelinda Tuzzi, called Diotima ,  is Ulrich's cousin as well as the wife of a civil servant; she tries to become a Viennese muse of philosophy, inspiring whoever crosses her path; she miraculously attracts both Ulrich and Arnheim, a Prussian business magnate and prosaic writer whose character is based on the figure of Walter Rathenau.
The nobleman in charge of the Campaign, the old conservative Count Leinsdorf, is incapable of deciding or even of not-deciding. General Stumm von Bordwehr of the Imperial and Royal Army is unpopular for his attempts in this generally mystical atmosphere to make things systematic and German businessman Paul Arnheim is an admirer of Diotima's combination of beauty and spirit, without feeling the need to marry her.
While most of the participants Diotima most feverishly try to associate the reign of Franz Joseph I with vague ideas of humanity, progress, tradition, and happiness, the followers of Realpolitik see a chance to exploit the situation: Stumm von Bordwehr wishes to get the Austrian army income raised and Arnheim plans to download oil fields in an eastern province of Austria.
Musil's great irony and satire is that what was planned as a celebration of peace and imperial cohesion in fact turns out as a path toward war, imperial collapse, and national chauvinism. The novel provides an analysis of all the political and cultural processes that contributed to the outbreak of World War I.
The last volume, entitled Into the Millennium The Criminals , is about Ulrich's sister Agathe who enters the novel at the end of the second book. They experience a mystically incestuous stirring upon meeting after their father's death. They see themselves as soulmates, or, as the book says, "Siamese twins".
As it was published, the novel ends in a large section of drafts, notes, false-starts and forays written by Musil as he tried to work out the proper ending for his book. In the German edition, there is even a CD-ROM available that holds thousands of pages of alternative versions and drafts. Musil worked on the novel for more than twenty years. He started in and spent the rest of his life writing it.
When he died in , the novel was not completed.
The 1,page  Volume 1 Part I: Into the Millennium [The Criminals] were published in and  respectively in Berlin. Part III did not include 20 chapters withdrawn from Vol.
In in Lausanne, Musil's widow Martha published a page collection of material from literary remains including the 20 galley chapters withdrawn from Part III, as well as drafts of the final incomplete chapters and notes on the development and direction of the novel. The Man Without Qualities Vol.
Coward-McCann, Inc. They were titled: In , Knopf published a two-volume edition 1, pages in translation by Sophie Wilkins and Burton Pike.
Parts I and II are in Vol. Musil's almost daily preoccupation with writing left his family in dire financial straits. The book brought neither fame nor fortune to him or his family. This was one of the reasons why he felt bitter and unrecognized during the last two decades of his life.
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Request Username Can't sign in? Forgot your username? Enter your email address below and we will send you your username. It resists any sort of conceptualization. However, it should be noted that Ulrich is still masculine enough to appear unable to develop his feminine side without projecting it onto a woman.
Even though Ulrich wants to think that Agathe is his missing, feminine part, Agathe is herself a hermaphrodite. Thus, it is Agathe, not Ulrich, who is too intellectual and who constantly deconstructs roles that are taken for granted. Unlike other women in the novel, she does not suffer from her desire to prove herself in the male realm.
However, she argues that this question itself presupposes the existence of the subject, which, for her, is an illusion. However,her theory also implies that there is no escape from the existing order; only through this order can we protest against it.
As a pure possibility, Agathe has no past; she is creating her present as well as her future. According to some commentators, Musil never intended to complete the book at all, since this would be incompatible with the nature of its central character.
The formlessness and incompleteness of Ulrich would seem to require the incom- pleteness of the book. Others argue that Musil did attempt to finish his book, but could not, simply because he did not know the answer to its main question. Either way, the book does contain what we might call the final chapters.
After returning to Vienna, Ulrich comes to take greater interest in the Parallel- aktion. That relationship fails, but when it does, Ulrich turns back, not to a profession with clearly defined purposes and rules, but to the Parallelaktion. But perhaps this might account for his apparently renewed interest in it when he returns to Vienna. The ideal purposeless relationship between Ulrich and Agathe was between children who had not estab- lished their gender identities; the purposeless relationship among the members of the Parallelaktion is one among adults.
The relationship between Ulrich and Agathe fails because they cannot not be adults and therefore cannot avoid behaving in gender-specific ways.
The Parallelaktion,in contrast,is bound to fail because its adult members enjoy relatively stable positions in life; these subjects are unprepared to be dissolved.
Realizing this,the man without qualities returns to the more skeptical at- titude of the early parts of the novel. Calling it a failure,or even trying to specify precisely what the effect of their attempt was, would be to draw a definitive conclusion about matters that, understood properly, can have none.
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