Article ID: CBB001551230

“Simulanten des Irrsinns auf dem Vortragspult”: Dada, Krieg und Psychiatrie, eine Aktive Traumadynamik (2014)


Dietze, Gabriele (Author)

Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Volume: 37, no. 4
Issue: 4
Pages: 332-350

Publication Date: 2014
Edition Details: Part of a Series: Bühnen des Wahnsinns. Inszenierungen psychischer Alterität
Language: German

“Simulanten des Irrsinns auf dem Vortragspult”: Dada, War and Psychiatry -- `Active Dynamics of Trauma'. This paper relates stage performances of dada artists to war neurosis and shell shock as sociocultural phenomena. The leitmotif of this investigation is the notion of simulation, as dada artists were referred to as malingerers (simulators) of madness by the press at the time. I hypothesize that the performers imitate/simulate with drums, shouting and `bruitist' sound poems, the noises of war, staging themselves as war neurotics in a kind of shocking clinical demonstration. Both discourses intersect in the fact that many dadaists try to dodge the draft by simulating madness. The scandalizing anti-art of dada will be understood as contagious anti-pedagogy, trying to vaccinate against the madness of the era. 1918

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Article Friedland, Alexander; Herrn, Rainer; Kassar, Johannes; Ledebur, Sophie (2014) Einleitung: Bühnen des Wahnsinns. Inszenierungen psychischer Alterität. Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte (pp. 303-308). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Loughran, Tracey
Tyquin, Michael B.
Larsson, Marina
Crouthamel, Jason
Jones, Edgar
Tatu, Laurent
Social History of Medicine
History of Psychiatry
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Atti e Memorie, Rivista di Storia della Farmacia
Health and History
Australian Military History Publications
University of Exeter Press
Harvard University
University of Pennsylvania
Franco Angeli
Pen and Sword Books
World War I
War neuroses
Medicine and the military; medicine in war
Science and war; science and the military
Psychology and war
Hurst, Arthur
Roussy, Gustave
Myers, Charles Samuel
Wagner-Jauregg, Julius von
Babinski, Joseph
Boschi, Gaetano
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
Great Britain

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