Modernism Between Benjamin and Goethe

Modernism Between Benjamin and Goethe

Adopting a transcritical approach, this book alternates between Benjamin and Goethe in relation to the experiences of colour, language and technology, assembling a constellation of philosophical and artistic figures between them, including ...

Author: Matthew Charles

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350013957

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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Widely regarded as one of the foremost cultural critics of the last century, Walter Benjamin's relation to Modernism has largely been understood in the context of his reception of the aesthetic theories of Early German Romanticism and his associated interest in avant-garde Surrealism. But this Romantic understanding only gives half the picture. Running through Benjamin's thought is also a critique of Romanticism, developed in conjunction with a positive engagement with the philosophical, artistic and historical writings of J. W. von Goethe. In demonstrating the significance of these Goethean elements, this book challenges the dominant understanding of Benjamin's philosophy as essentially Romantic and instead proposes that Goethe's Classicism, conceived as the counterpoint to Romanticism, permits a corrective to the latter's deficiencies. Benjamin's Modernist concept of criticism, it is argued, is constituted in the movement between these polarities of Romanticism and Classicism. Conversely, placing Goethe's Classicism in relation to Benjamin's practice of literary criticism reveals historical tensions with Romanticism that constitute the untimely – indeed, it will be argued, cinematic – Modernism of his work. Adopting a transcritical approach, this book alternates between Benjamin and Goethe in relation to the experiences of colour, language and technology, assembling a constellation of philosophical and artistic figures between them, including the writings of Kant, Nietzsche, Cohen, Deleuze, Koselleck, Klages, and the work of Grünewald, Marées, Klee, Turner, Hulme, Eisenstein, Tretyakov, and Murnau.
Categories: Philosophy

Modernism Between Benjamin and Goethe

Modernism Between Benjamin and Goethe

Yet Goethe's thought exerted such an influence not merely on Benjamin's philosophizing but on a range of earlytwentieth-century thinkers, including Georges Simmel and Georg Lukács, whose ideas were taken up by Benjamin and critical ...

Author: Matthew Charles

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350013940

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

View: 703

Widely regarded as one of the foremost cultural critics of the last century, Walter Benjamin's relation to Modernism has largely been understood in the context of his reception of the aesthetic theories of Early German Romanticism and his associated interest in avant-garde Surrealism. But this Romantic understanding only gives half the picture. Running through Benjamin's thought is also a critique of Romanticism, developed in conjunction with a positive engagement with the philosophical, artistic and historical writings of J. W. von Goethe. In demonstrating the significance of these Goethean elements, this book challenges the dominant understanding of Benjamin's philosophy as essentially Romantic and instead proposes that Goethe's Classicism, conceived as the counterpoint to Romanticism, permits a corrective to the latter's deficiencies. Benjamin's Modernist concept of criticism, it is argued, is constituted in the movement between these polarities of Romanticism and Classicism. Conversely, placing Goethe's Classicism in relation to Benjamin's practice of literary criticism reveals historical tensions with Romanticism that constitute the untimely – indeed, it will be argued, cinematic – Modernism of his work. Adopting a transcritical approach, this book alternates between Benjamin and Goethe in relation to the experiences of colour, language and technology, assembling a constellation of philosophical and artistic figures between them, including the writings of Kant, Nietzsche, Cohen, Deleuze, Koselleck, Klages, and the work of Grünewald, Marées, Klee, Turner, Hulme, Eisenstein, Tretyakov, and Murnau.
Categories: Philosophy

Benjamin on Fashion

Benjamin on Fashion

Walter Benjamin Studies In this series devoted to the writings of Walter Benjamin each volume will focus on a theme ... USA Other titles in the series Inheriting Walter Benjamin, Gerhard Richter Modernism Between Benjamin and Goethe, ...

Author: Philipp Ekardt

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350076006

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

View: 153

Benjamin on Fashion reconstructs and redefines Walter Benjamin's complex, fragmentary and yet influential fashion theory that he developed in the Arcades Project (1927-1940) and beyond, while situating it within the environment from which it emerged - 1930s Parisian couture. In this insightful new book, Philipp Ekardt brings Benjamin into discussion with a number of important, but frequently overlooked sources. Amongst many others, these include the German fashion critic Helen Grund, who introduced him to the contemporary fashion scene; Georg Simmel's fashion sociology; Henri Focillon's morphological art history; designs by Elsa Schiaparelli and Madeleine Vionnet; films by L'Herbier and others starring Mae West; and the photography of George Hoyningen-Huene and Man Ray. In doing so, Ekardt demonstrates how fashion and silhouettes became grounded in sex; how an ideal of the elegant animation of matter was pitted against the concept of an obdurate fashion form; and how Benjamin's idea of 'fashion's tiger's leap into the past' paralleled the return of 1930s couture to the depths of (fashion) history. The use of such relevant sources makes this crucial for understanding Benjamin both as a thinker and a cultural theorist.
Categories: Philosophy

Spiritual Philosophers From Schopenhauer to Irigaray

Spiritual Philosophers  From Schopenhauer to Irigaray

Daniel Conway Nietzsche and Friendship, Willow Verkerk Understanding Derrida, Understanding Modernism, ed. Jean-Michel Rabaté Modernism between Benjamin and Goethe, Matthew Charles Spiritual Philosophers From Schopenhauer to Irigaray ...

Author: Richard White

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350129122

Category: Philosophy

Page: 232

View: 616

How does thinking illuminate the spiritual view of life? How does a close examination of key spiritual thinkers help us to live in the modern world? And in what way does philosophy enhance spirituality? In this book, Richard White answers these questions by analysing a range of important philosophers, from Schopenhauer in the first half of the 19th century to Irigaray in the present day. Each chapter examines the work of a single writer and one closely associated theme, such as Nietzsche on generosity, Benjamin on wisdom, and Derrida on mourning. The author looks at philosophy and spirituality in the tradition of continental philosophy, and he views spirituality as something that can be separated from religion. With the rise of reductive scientific materialism becoming ever more prevalent in modern society, White seeks to recover the idea of a spiritual tradition which is not otherworldly but philosophical in nature. The thinkers discussed in this book articulate some of the deepest possibilities of human existence. Spiritual Philosophers offers an approach to philosophy as a spiritual practice, which the author sees as an integral part of our life. As a pioneering work in an emerging field – the philosophy of spirituality -- this book contributes to several key debates surrounding spirituality, theology and the role of philosophy in the contemporary world.
Categories: Philosophy

The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

He is the author of Modernism Between Benjamin and Goethe (forthcoming with Bloomsbury), co-author with Peter Osborne of the Stanford Enyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Benjamin, and has contributed to special issues on Benjamin and ...

Author: Beverley Best

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781526455642

Category: Social Science

Page: 1800

View: 378

The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory expounds the development of critical theory from its founding thinkers to its contemporary formulations in an interdisciplinary setting. It maps the terrain of a critical social theory, expounding its distinctive character vis-a-vis alternative theoretical perspectives, exploring its theoretical foundations and developments, conceptualising its subject matters both past and present, and signalling its possible future in a time of great uncertainty. Taking a distinctively theoretical, interdisciplinary, international and contemporary perspective on the topic, this wide-ranging collection of chapters is arranged thematically over three volumes: Volume I: Key Texts and Contributions to a Critical Theory of Society Volume II: Themes Volume III: Contexts This Handbook is essential reading for scholars and students in the field, showcasing the scholarly rigor, intellectual acuteness and negative force of critical social theory, past and present.
Categories: Social Science

Adorno and the Ban on Images

Adorno and the Ban on Images

Also Available from Bloomsbury Adorno and Neoliberalism: The Critique of Exchange Society, Charles A. Prusik Understanding ... Victoria Fareld and Hannes Kuch Modernism between Benjamin and Goethe, Matthew Charles Red Kant: Aesthetics, ...

Author: Sebastian Truskolaski

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350129214

Category: Philosophy

Page: 232

View: 346

This book upends some of the myths that have come to surround the work of the philosopher Theodor W. Adorno – not least amongst them, his supposed fatalism. Sebastian Truskolaski argues that Adorno's writings allow us to address what is arguably the central challenge of modern philosophy: how to picture a world beyond suffering and injustice without, at the same time, betraying its vital impulse. By re-appraising Adorno's writings on politics, philosophy, and art, this book reconstructs this notoriously difficult author's overall project from a radically new perspective (Adorno's famous 'standpoint of redemption'), and brings his central concerns to bear on the problems of today. On the one hand, this means reading Adorno alongside his principal interlocutors (including Kant, Marx and Benjamin). On the other hand, it means asking how his secular brand of social criticism can serve to safeguard the image of a better world – above all, when the invocation of this image occurs alongside Adorno's recurrent reference to the Old Testament ban on making images of God. By reading Adorno in this iconoclastic way, Adorno and the Ban on Images contributes to current debates about Utopia that have come to define political visions across the political spectrum.
Categories: Philosophy

German Stoicisms

German Stoicisms

Vinod Acharya and Ryan J. Johnson Hans Jonas: Life, Technology and the Horizons of Responsibility, Lewis Coyne Modernism Between Benjamin and Goethe, Matthew Charles German Stoicisms From Hegel to Sloterdijk Edited by Kurt Lampe.

Author: Kurt Lampe

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350081888

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

View: 579

Stoicism has had a diverse reception in German philosophy. This is the first interpretive study of shared themes and dialogues between late nineteenth-century and twentieth-century experts on classical antiquity and philosophers. Assessing how modern philosophers have incorporated ancient resources with the context of German philosophy, chapters in this volume are devoted to philosophical giants such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Wilhelm Dilthey, Walter Benjamin, Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, Hans Jonas, Hans Blumenberg, and Peter Sloterdijk. Among the ancient Stoics, the focus is on Seneca, Epictetus, and doxography, but reference will also be made to texts that have so far been neglected by non-specialists. Often references to Stoic texts are playful, making it hard for non-specialists to reconstruct their understanding of the sources; by illuminating and enhancing the philosophical significance of these receptions, this book argues that they can change our understanding of Greek and Roman Stoic doctrines and authors, twentieth-century continental philosophy, and the themes which coordinate their ongoing dialogues. Some of these themes are surprising for Stoicism, such as the poetics of tragic drama and the anthropological foundations of hermeneutics. Others are already central to Stoic reception, such as the constitution of the subject in relation to various ethical, ecological, and metaphysical powers and processes; among these are contemplation and knowledge; identity and plurality; temporality, facticity, and fate; and personal, social, and planetary forms of self-cultivation and self-appropriation. Addressing the need for a synoptic vision of related continental readings of Stoicism, this book brings ancient texts into new dialogues with up-to-date scholarship, facilitating increased understanding, critical evaluation, and creative innovation within the continental response to Stoicism.
Categories: Philosophy

Hans Jonas

Hans Jonas

Also Available from Bloomsbury Lev Shestov: Philosopher of the Sleepless Night, Matthew Beaumont Contradiction Set Free, ... Agata Bielik-Robson Modernism between Benjamin and Goethe, Matthew Charles Heine and Critical Theory, ...

Author: Lewis Coyne

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350102415

Category: Philosophy

Page: 248

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Hans Jonas (1903–1993) was one of the most important German-Jewish philosophers of the 20th century. A student of Martin Heidegger and close friend of Hannah Arendt, Jonas advanced the fields of phenomenology and practical ethics in ways that are just beginning to be appreciated in the English-speaking world. Drawing here on unpublished and newly translated material, Lewis Coyne brings together for the first time in English Jonas's philosophy of life, ethic of responsibility, political theory, philosophy of technology and bioethics. In Hans Jonas: Life, Technology and the Horizons of Responsibility, Coyne argues that the aim of Jonas's philosophy is to confront three critical issues inherent to modernity: nihilism, the ecological crisis and the transhumanist drive to biotechnologically enhance human beings. While these might at first appear disparate, for Jonas all follow from the materialist turn taken by Western thought from the 17th century onwards, and he therefore seeks to tackle all three issues at their collective point of origin. This book explores how Jonas develops a new categorical imperative of responsibility on the basis of an ontology that does justice to the purposefulness and dignity of life: to act in a way that does not compromise the future of humanity on earth. Reflecting on this, as we face a potential future of ecological and societal collapse, Coyne forcefully demonstrates the urgency of Jonas's demand that humanity accept its newfound responsibility as the 'shepherd of beings'.
Categories: Philosophy

In Exile

In Exile

ALSO AVAILABLE FROM BLOOMSBURY Lev Shestov: Philosopher of the Sleepless Night, Matthew Beaumont Contradiction Set Free, Hermann Levin Goldschmidt, trans. John Koster Modernism between Benjamin and Goethe, Matthew Charles Another ...

Author: Jessica Dubow

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350154285

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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In In Exile, Jessica Dubow situates exile in a new context in which it holds both critical capacity and political potential. She not only outlines the origin of the relationship between geography and philosophy in the Judaic intellectual tradition; but also makes secular claims out of Judaism's theological sources. Analysing key Jewish intellectual figures such as Walter Benjamin, Isaiah Berlin and Hannah Arendt, Dubow presents exile as a form of thought and action and reconsiders attachments of identity, history, time, and territory. In her unique combination of geography, philosophy and some of the key themes in Judaic thought, she has constructed more than a study of interdisciplinary fluidity. She delivers a striking case for understanding the critical imagination in spatial terms and traces this back to a fundamental – if forgotten – exilic pull at the heart of Judaic thought.
Categories: Philosophy

Media inter Media

Media inter Media

In fact, by transferring his critical method from Goethe's novel to Baudelaire's Paris, Benjamin erased his own ... In the discursive space that modernity exposes, Baudelaire's texts initiate and sustain a dynamic between word and image ...

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Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789042028432

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 572

View: 674

This interdisciplinary volume explores, analyzes, and celebrates intermedial processes. It investigates the dynamic relations between media in contemporary artistic productions such as digitalized poetry and installations or musical scores by Walter Steffens and Hugh Davies; in texts like Dieter Roth’s diaries, Ror Wolf’s guidebooks, Charles Baudelaire’s art criticism, or Lewis Carroll’s Alice books; and in inherently intermedial pieces like Stéphane Mallarmé’s Un Coup de Dés and Augusto de Campos’s poetry. Through distinct and diverse methodological approaches to intermedial inquiry, the contributors probe multiple forms of interaction between media: adaptation, appropriation, transposition, transfer, recycling, grafting, recontextualization, intertextualization, transmedialization, and transcreation. In so doing, they offer perspectives which refine our understanding of the term ‘medium’ and demonstrate ways in which intermedial creations engage their audiences and stimulate creative responses. Written in honor of Claus Clüver, a groundbreaking leader in intermediality studies, the essays participate in and broaden the scope of current discourses in the international forum. The range of their subjects and methodologies will interest literary scholars, art historians, musicologists, scholars of new media as well as those working in intermediality studies, word and image or word and music studies, and anyone whose interests cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Historicizing Modernists

Historicizing Modernists

53 Walter Benjamin, 'Goethe's Elective Affinities', in SWI, p. 342; GS I.1, p. 184. See Matthew 19:21 and Luke 18:22. 54 Walter Benjamin, 'Goethe's Elective Affinities', in SW I, pp. 287, 343; GS I.1, p. 184.

Author: Matthew Feldman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350215061

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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Focussing upon both canonical figures such as Woolf, Eliot, Pound, and Stein and emergent themes such as Christian modernism, intermedial modernism, queer Harlem Renaissance, this volume brings together previously unseen materials, from various archives, to bear upon cutting-edge interpretation of modernism. It provides an overview of approaches to modernism via the employment of various types of primary source material: correspondence, manuscripts and drafts, memoirs and production notes, reading notes and marginalia, and all manner of useful contextualising sources like news reports or judicial records. While having much to say to literary criticism more broadly, this volume is closely focused upon key modernist figures and emergent themes in light of the discipline's 'archival turn' – termed in a unifying introduction 'achivalism'. An essential ingredient separating the above, recent tendency from a much older and better-established new historicism, in modernist studies at least, is that 'the literary canon' remains an important starting point. Whereas new historicism 'is interested in history as represented and recorded in written documents' and tends toward a 'parallel study of literature and non-literary texts', archival criticism tends toward recognised, oftentimes canonical or critically-lauded, writers, presented in Part 1. Sidestepping the vicissitudes of canon formation, manuscript scholars tend to gravitate toward leading modernist authors: James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, T.S. Eliot and Samuel Beckett. Part of the reason is obvious: known authors frequently leave behind sizeable literary estates, which are then acquired by research centres. A second section then applies the same empirical methodology to key or emergent themes in the study of modernism, including queer modernism; spatial modernism; little magazines (and online finding aids structuring them); and the role of faith and/or emotions in the construction of 'modernism' as we know it.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Listening on All Sides

Listening on All Sides

Tangentially I would bring to mind Benjamin's essay on Goethe's Elective Affinities . Although the connection might seem strange at first , as I indicated earlier , there are more connections between Benjamin's modernism and American ...

Author: Richard Deming

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804757380

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 182

View: 180

Bringing together Continental literary theory and Anglo-American philosophy, Listening on All Sides reads the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, Nathanial Hawthorne, Wallace Stevens, and William Carlos Williams to uncover the role literary texts play in the way that language use creates and defines culture and ethics.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Walter Benjamin and the Architecture of Modernity

Walter Benjamin and the Architecture of Modernity

This volume takes up the architectural challenge in a number of innovative ways, collecting essays by both well-known and emerging scholars on time in cinema, the problem of kitsch, the design of graves and tombs, the orders of road-signs, ...

Author: Andrew Benjamin

Publisher: re.press

ISBN: 9780980544091

Category: Architecture

Page: 224

View: 377

Walter Benjamin is universally recognised as one of the key thinkers of modernity: his writings on politics, language, literature, media, theology and law have had an incalculable influence on contemporary thought. Yet the problem of architecture in and for Benjamin's work remains relatively underexamined. Does Benjamin's project have an architecture and, if so, how does this architecture affect the explicit propositions that he offers us? In what ways are Benjamin's writings centrally caught up with architectural concerns, from the redevelopment of major urban centres to the movements that individuals can make within the new spaces of modern cities? How can Benjamin's theses help us to understand the secret architectures of the present? This volume takes up the architectural challenge in a number of innovative ways, collecting essays by both well-known and emerging scholars on time in cinema, the problem of kitsch, the design of graves and tombs, the orders of road-signs, childhood experience in modern cities, and much more. Engaged, interdisciplinary, bristling with insights, the essays in this collection will constitute an indispensable supplement to the work of Walter Benjamin, as well as providing a guide to some of the obscurities of our own present.
Categories: Architecture

Modernism

Modernism

Given the many striking images and arresting formulations in Walter Benjamin's essay “Goethes Wahlverwandtschaften” (Goethe's Elective Affinities) from 1921, few readers would be inclined to tarry over the image and event lodged in the ...

Author: Astradur Eysteinsson

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027292049

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1043

View: 990

The two-volume work Modernism has been awarded the prestigious 2008 MSA Book Prize! Modernism has constituted one of the most prominent fields of literary studies for decades. While it was perhaps temporarily overshadowed by postmodernism, recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in modernism on both sides of the Atlantic. These volumes respond to a need for a collective and multifarious view of literary modernism in various genres, locations, and languages. Asking and responding to a wealth of theoretical, aesthetic, and historical questions, 65 scholars from several countries test the usefulness of the concept of modernism as they probe a variety of contexts, from individual texts to national literatures, from specific critical issues to broad cross-cultural concerns. While the chief emphasis of these volumes is on literary modernism, literature is seen as entering into diverse cultural and social contexts. These range from inter-art conjunctions to philosophical, environmental, urban, and political domains, including issues of race and space, gender and fashion, popular culture and trauma, science and exile, ­all of which have an urgent bearing on the poetics of modernity.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism

A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism

From commentaries on bestsellers and masterpieces, to modernist French authors such as Charles Baudelaire and André Gide, and to classical European authors from Cervantes to Goethe, Benjamin was very aware of the media through which ...

Author: Eric Hayot

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231543064

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

View: 718

Bringing together leading critics and literary scholars, A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism argues for new ways of understanding the nature and development of twentieth-century literature and culture. Scholars have largely understood modernism as an American and European phenomenon. Those parameters have expanded in recent decades, but the incorporation of multiple origins and influences has often been tied to older conceptual frameworks that make it difficult to think of modernism globally. Providing alternative approaches, A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism introduces pathways through global archives and new frameworks that offer a richer, more representative set of concepts for the analysis of literary and cultural works. In separate essays each inspired by a critical term, this collection explores what happens to the foundational concepts of modernism and the methods we bring to modernist studies when we approach the field as a global phenomenon. Their work transforms the intellectual paradigms we have long associated with modernism, such as tradition, antiquity, style, and translation. New paradigms, such as context, slum, copy, pantomime, and puppets emerge as the archive extends beyond its European center. In bringing together and reexamining the familiar as well as the emergent, the contributors to this volume offer an invaluable and original approach to studying the intersection of world literature and modernist studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Sound Figures of Modernity

Sound Figures of Modernity

In this resistance, in our not stopping the thought, we are given the only (negative) form now for our hope. Adorno finds this hope expressed in the last moment of Goethe's novel, in an interpretation he borrows from Benjamin.

Author: Jost Hermand

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299219338

Category: Music

Page: 280

View: 259

The rich conceptual and experiential relays between music and philosophy—echoes of what Theodor W. Adorno once called Klangfiguren, or "sound figures"—resonate with heightened intensity during the period of modernity that extends from early German Idealism to the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School. This volume traces the political, historical, and philosophical trajectories of a specifically German tradition in which thinkers take recourse to music, both as an aesthetic practice and as the object of their speculative work. The contributors examine the texts of such highly influential writers and thinkers as Schelling, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Bloch, Mann, Adorno, and Lukács in relation to individual composers including Beethoven, Wagner, Schönberg, and Eisler. Their explorations of the complexities that arise in conceptualizing music as a mode of representation and philosophy as a mode of aesthetic practice thematize the ways in which the fields of music and philosophy are altered when either attempts to express itself in terms defined by the other. Contributors: Albrecht Betz, Lydia Goehr, Beatrice Hanssen, Jost Hermand, David Farrell Krell, Ludger Lütkehaus, Margaret Moore, Rebekah Pryor Paré, Gerhard Richter, Hans Rudolf Vaget, Samuel Weber
Categories: Music

Shakespeare and Impure Aesthetics

Shakespeare and Impure Aesthetics

But Benjamin's real target is not so much the few sentences by Goethe that he quotes — to the effect that the allegory ... Romantic tradition into the service of Modernism and a Modernist concept of the baroque, Benjamin quotes from the ...

Author: Hugh Grady

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521514750

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 261

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This book examines Shakespeare's plays and defines specific Shakespearean aesthetic practices in his use of desire, death and mourning.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Handbook of Modernism Studies

A Handbook of Modernism Studies

... and cheap and popular literature as repositories of untapped potential recalls Benjamin's writings (for example, his essay on Goethe's novella Elective Affinities), Benjamin's most powerful example of untapped potential comes from ...

Author: Jean-Michel Rabaté

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119121404

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

View: 620

Featuring the latest research findings and exploring the fascinating interplay of modernist authors and intellectual luminaries, from Beckett and Kafka to Derrida and Adorno, this bold new collection of essays gives students a deeper grasp of key texts in modernist literature. Provides a wealth of fresh perspectives on canonical modernist texts, featuring the latest research data Adopts an original and creative thematic approach to the subject, with concepts such as race, law, gender, class, time, and ideology forming the structure of the collection Explores current and ongoing debates on the links between the aesthetics and praxis of authors and modernist theoreticians Reveals the profound ways in which modernist authors have influenced key thinkers, and vice versa
Categories: Literary Criticism

Virginia Woolf Modernity and History

Virginia Woolf  Modernity and History

Hannah Arendt explains Benjamin's method with reference to Goethe's concept of the Urphänomen, 'an archetypal ... as dialectical images in Benjamin's writing are all drawn from marginal practices and Modernity, Modernism and the Past 29.

Author: Angeliki Spiropoulou

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230250444

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 620

This book analyses the representation of the past and the practice of historiography in the fiction and critical writings of Virginia Woolf, and draws parallels between Woolf's historiographical imagination and the thought of Walter Benjamin, the German philosopher of history and key theorist of modernity.
Categories: Literary Criticism

American Modernism and Depression Documentary

American Modernism and Depression Documentary

panoramic view of photography from its origins to the 1930s, tracing the co-evolution of photography's aesthetics and its technical apparatus. Although it took some time for the full implications of Benjamin's argument to register, ...

Author: Jeff Allred

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199324002

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 856

American Modernism and Depression Documentary surveys the uneven terrain of American modernity through the lens of the documentary book. Jeff Allred argues that photo-texts of the 1930s stage a set of mediations between rural hinterlands and metropolitan areas, between elite producers of culture and the "forgotten man" of Depression-era culture, between a myth of consensual national unity and various competing ethnic and regional collectivities. In light of the complexity this entails, this study takes issue with a critical tradition that has painted the documentary expression" of the 1930s as a simplistic and propagandistic divergence from literary modernism. Allred situates these texts, and the "documentary modernism" they represent, as a central part of American modernism and response to American modernity, as he looks at the impoverished sharecroppers depcited in the groundbreaking Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, the disenfranchised African Americans in Richard Wright's polemical 12 Million Black Voices, and the experiments in Depression-era photography found in Life magazine.
Categories: Literary Criticism