Michel Lacroix

Hitler, Poet and Prophet : Aesthetics, The Sacred and Fascism

Was beauty soluble in the sacred for the Fascists ? Was there a complete subordination of the aesthetic over the religious ? To counter such theses, and to demonstrate that the aesthetic and religious dimensions of Fascism possess their own intellectual sources and occupy two distinct functions, the author treats the problem of charismatic authority by examining the figures of Chief-Poet and Chief-Prophet. This is carried out with the exemple of French Fascism, in the framework of a content analysis. This allows the author to sketch out some new avenues for a more systematic, and resolutely more interdisciplinary exploration of the ties between aesthetics and the sacred.