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Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer, and Weimar Criticism

Michael W. Jennings

in Weimar Thought: A Contested Legacy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691135106
eISBN:
9781400846788
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691135106.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter offers a careful exposition of themes and debates in Weimar Kulturkritik, or cultural criticism, focusing on its two greatest exemplars, Walter Benjamin and Siegfried Kracauer. At first ... More


Obscure Objects of Desire Surrealism, Fetishism, and Politics

Johanna Malt

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199253425
eISBN:
9780191698132
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253425.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

In a speech given in Prague in 1935, André Breton asked, ‘Is there, properly speaking, a left-wing art capable of defending itself?’. But despite his conviction that surrealism did indeed offer such ... More


Benjamin’s Mythic Architecture

Daniel L. Purdy

in On the Ruins of Babel: Architectural Metaphor in German Thought

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801476761
eISBN:
9780801460050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801476761.003.0011
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural Theory and Criticism

This chapter describes how Walter Benjamin's writing responds to the German philosophical appropriation of Renaissance theory. From the start, Enlightenment revolutionaries looked back to the ... More


Jean Rhys's Francophone English and the Creole “Impasse” of Modernity

Christopher GoGwilt

in The Passage of Literature: Genealogies of Modernism in Conrad, Rhys, and Pramoedya

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199751624
eISBN:
9780199866199
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751624.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Framed by a comparative study of Rhys's Good Morning, Midnight and Conrad's The Shadow-Line, Chapter 4 examines the problem of interior space that links Rhys's urban topography, Conrad's sea ... More


Walter Benjamin Reproducing the Scent of the Messianic

Jay Geller

in The Other Jewish Question: Identifying the Jew and Making Sense of Modernity

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823233618
eISBN:
9780823241781
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233618.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores how Walter Benjamin sought to mediate the duality of German and Jew in his writings. It focuses on two primary “names” by which he analyzed modernity, aura and mimesis, and how ... More


Mircea Eliade’s Ambivalent Legac y

Carlo Ginzburg

in Hermeneutics, Politics, and the History of Religions: The Contested Legacies of Joachim Wach and Mircea Eliade

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195394337
eISBN:
9780199777358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394337.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter deals with the relationship between Eliade’s political commitment and Eliade’s work as a historian of religions, focusing on The Myth of the Eternal Return, probably his most interesting ... More


Self-inscriptions

Dimitris Vardoulakis

in The Doppelgänger: Literature's Philosophy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823232987
eISBN:
9780823235698
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823232987.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter argues that staging by theatricality is crucial for an understanding of the Doppelgänger. Walter Benjamin's work on Franz Kafka is structured by the opposition ... More


Walter Benjamin on Radio: Catastrophe for Children

Lecia Rosenthal

in Mourning Modernism: Literature, Catastrophe, and the Politics of Consolation

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823233977
eISBN:
9780823241200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233977.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Walter Benjamin ended his life in the peculiar and inevitably disturbing death-event called suicide, the same as Virginia Woolf. We might speculate that the scenes of authorial death have played no ... More


Mourning Modernism: Literature, Catastrophe, and the Politics of Consolation

Lecia Rosenthal

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823233977
eISBN:
9780823241200
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233977.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This book examines the writing of catastrophe, mass death, and collective loss in 20th-century literature and criticism. With particular focus on texts by Virginia Woolf, Walter Benjamin, and W.G. ... More


“To Imitate the Chinese”: Mimesis, Cinema, and the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Christopher Bush

in Ideographic Modernism: China, Writing, Media

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195393828
eISBN:
9780199866601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393828.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The third chapter analyzes a series of unremarked references to China and Chinese writing in the work of Walter Benjamin. By relating these scattered references to Benjamin’s canonical writings on ... More


Archaeology and Mythology: Benjamin and Le Paysan de Paris

Johanna Malt

in Obscure Objects of Desire Surrealism, Fetishism, and Politics

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199253425
eISBN:
9780191698132
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253425.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter deals with the complex affinities between Louis Aragon's fantastical, autobiographical, surrealist philosophical work flânerie, Le Paysan de Paris, and the unfinished Arcades Project of ... More


Introduction: Melancholic Modernism

Tamara Levitz

in Modernist Mysteries: Perséphone

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199730162
eISBN:
9780199932467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730162.003.0000
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter provides background on the collaborators involved in Perséphone by recreating from archival sources their meeting at Ida Rubinstein’s house on 20 October 1933, about six months before ... More


When Only the Ears Are Awake: Günter Eich and the Acoustical Unconscious

Robert G Ryder

in Germany in the Loud Twentieth Century: An Introduction

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199759392
eISBN:
9780199918911
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759392.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The first section of this chapter explores a theory of the acoustical unconscious and how it can be applied to listening to radio. The notion of an acoustical unconscious is largely derived from ... More


The Politics of the Doppelgänger: Universal History and Cosmopolitanism

Dimitris Vardoulakis

in The Doppelgänger: Literature's Philosophy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823232987
eISBN:
9780823235698
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823232987.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter examines the politics of the Doppelgänger, looking at the subject of history as understood by Walter Benjamin. It also looks into cosmopolitanism in Alasdair ... More


Reading Magic in Walter Benjamin

Eric Downing

in The Chain of Things: Divinatory Magic and the Practice of Reading in German Literature and Thought, 1850-1940

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781501715907
eISBN:
9781501715938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501715907.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter focuses on divination in Walter Benjamin’s work, against the background of modernism’s self-imposed rejection of futurity and engagement with ‘primal history’, and the rise of fascism, ... More


Impossible Modernism: T. S. Eliot, Walter Benjamin, and the Critique of Historical Reason

Robert S. Lehman

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780804799041
eISBN:
9781503600140
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804799041.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Impossible Modernism reveals in the modernism of T.S. Eliot and Walter Benjamin a shared project: both authors sought to resist the forms of narrating events that had been codified by academic ... More


Collective Vision: A Matrix for New Art and Politics

Stefan Jonsson

in Crowds and Democracy: The Idea and Image of the Masses from Revolution to Fascism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164788
eISBN:
9780231535793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164788.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter examines interwar discourse on the masses as expressed through various art forms, literary genres, and performing arts. It considers works such as Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy's ... More


Opening

Andrew Benjamin

in Working with Walter Benjamin: Recovering a Political Philosophy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748634347
eISBN:
9780748695287
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634347.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter argues that engaging with Benjamin’s work, if it is to be the site of philosophical thinking, requires a two-fold move. First, there needs to be a loosening of the hold of the proper ... More


Towards a Critique of Violence

Andrew Benjamin

in Working with Walter Benjamin: Recovering a Political Philosophy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748634347
eISBN:
9780748695287
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634347.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter presents a reading of Benjamin’s Towards a Critique of Violence, a text whose structure is far more a series of overlapping elements than the presence of sustained and deliberate ... More


Walter Benjamin

Tyrus Miller

in Modernism and the Frankfurt School

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748640188
eISBN:
9781474400862
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640188.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Following a general introduction of Walter Benjamin’s work, this chapter focuses on Benjamin’s analysis of change in modern experience and its relation to various sorts of aesthetic modernity. ... More


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