The Overman in the Marketplace: Nietzschean Heroism in Popular Culture

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Lexington Books, 2007 - Philosophy - 325 pages
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The Overman in the Marketplace explores the emergence and significance of a Nietzschean heroic model in twentieth-century popular culture, some notable examples of which are such pop culture icons as James Bond, Tarzan, Hannibal Lecter and Ayn Rand's heroes. Taking on the nineteenth-century romantic rebellion against realism, the Nietzschean hero becomes a crusader against the perceived leveling-down of mass society. The bourgeois, realistic hero is ousted in favor of a neo-aristocratic hero who roams beyond good and evil, no longer bound to any universalistic mission, in fact doing all he can to repel the rising tides of egalitarianism. This engaging book aims at integrating the analysis of Nietzschean heroism into a comprehensive social and ideological critique. The Overman in the Marketplace is a captivating text that will appeal to those interested in philosophy and popular culture.
 

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Contents

The Hero as Social Metaphor
1
A BLUEPRINT FOR THE NIETZSCHEAN HERO
13
Nietzsche the Popular and the Grand Economy
15
How to Tame a Bulldog The Social Mission of the Nietzschean Hero
47
Popular Nietzscheanism Aesthetics for Everyone and No One
79
THE NIETZSCHEAN HERO ON THE GROUND
123
Realism Romanticism Byronism The Genealogy of the Nietzschean Hero
125
The Bourgeois Renaissance of Aristocratic Heroism
159
The Joy of the Knife Nietzschean Glorification of Crime
213
A Hero of Our Time
265
Endnotes
269
Bibliography
303
Index
315
About the Author
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Ishay Landa is a Minerva Fellow at the Technische Universitaet in Braunschweig, Germany.

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