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Bureaucratic Fanatics: Modern Literature and the Passions of Rationalization by Benjamin Lewis Robinson (review)

Bureaucratic Fanatics: Modern Literature and the Passions of Rationalization by Benjamin Lewis... “leaning plays” (153) to underline the importance of the theatre in the development of critical thinking. Modreanu’s book is an informative, yet passio tou na r t d ee , force which keeps the reader engaged because the author is not only a great theatre critic, but also a skilled storyteller.  University of Washington Ileana MarIn Robinson, Benjamin Lewis. Bureaucratic Fanatics: Modern Literature and the Passions of Rationalization Berlin: DeGruyter, 2019 With the notable exception of Jonathan Wild’s 2006 study e R Th ise of the Office Clerk in Literary Culture, 1880–1939, the literary figure of the bureaucrat has seen little critical attention and received theoretical scrutiny limited to several individual case-st udies only. Unjustly so, I argue, considering the abundance and variety of its exponents, particularly in the literature of the past two centuries, written both within and beyond the Western world. Even Wild’s exploration, creditable perhaps as the birth certificate of this character typology, remains confined to the bound- aries of English literature and inscribed in a strictly delimited time frame. In this context, Benjamin Robinson’s 2019 Bureaucratic Fanatics: Modern L - it erature and the Passions of Rationalization provides a much- ne eded discussion of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Bureaucratic Fanatics: Modern Literature and the Passions of Rationalization by Benjamin Lewis Robinson (review)

The Comparatist , Volume 45 – Nov 11, 2021

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University of North Carolina Press
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Abstract

“leaning plays” (153) to underline the importance of the theatre in the development of critical thinking. Modreanu’s book is an informative, yet passio tou na r t d ee , force which keeps the reader engaged because the author is not only a great theatre critic, but also a skilled storyteller.  University of Washington Ileana MarIn Robinson, Benjamin Lewis. Bureaucratic Fanatics: Modern Literature and the Passions of Rationalization Berlin: DeGruyter, 2019 With the notable exception of Jonathan Wild’s 2006 study e R Th ise of the Office Clerk in Literary Culture, 1880–1939, the literary figure of the bureaucrat has seen little critical attention and received theoretical scrutiny limited to several individual case-st udies only. Unjustly so, I argue, considering the abundance and variety of its exponents, particularly in the literature of the past two centuries, written both within and beyond the Western world. Even Wild’s exploration, creditable perhaps as the birth certificate of this character typology, remains confined to the bound- aries of English literature and inscribed in a strictly delimited time frame. In this context, Benjamin Robinson’s 2019 Bureaucratic Fanatics: Modern L - it erature and the Passions of Rationalization provides a much- ne eded discussion of

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Published: Nov 11, 2021

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