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by Carlo Salzani

  • Author: Carlo Salzani
  • ISBN: 3039118609
  • ISBN13: 978-3039118601
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  • Language: English
  • Category: History & Criticism
  • Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften; 1 edition (December 22, 2008)
  • Pages: 387
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How to read Walter Benjamin today? This book argues that the proper way is through an approach which recognizes and respects his own peculiar theorization of the act of reading and the politics of interpretation that this entails

How to read Walter Benjamin today? This book argues that the proper way is through an approach which recognizes and respects his own peculiar theorization of the act of reading and the politics of interpretation that this entails. The approach must be "figural," that is, focused on images, and driven by the notion of "actualization. Figural reading, in the very "sui generis" Benjaminian way, understands figures as "constellations," whereby an image of the past juxtaposes them with an image of the present and is thus actualized

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How to read Walter Benjamin today? This book argues that the proper way is through an approach which recognizes and respects his own peculiar theorization of the act of reading and the politics of interpretation that this entails

How to read Walter Benjamin today? This book argues that the proper way is through an approach which recognizes and respects his own peculiar theorization of the act of reading and the politics of interpretation that this entails. The approach must be figural, that is, focused on images, and driven by the notion of actualization. Figural reading, in the very sui generis Benjaminian way, understands figures as constellations, whereby an image of the past juxtaposes them with an image of the present and is thus actualized.

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Walter Benjamin (1892–1940), best known for a text called The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction where the world of mass produced artworks, in particular those of photography and film, are explored. Benjamin is also regarded as an iconic intellectual of the twentieth century, who blurred the boundaries of many traditionally isolated subject areas, from the impact of modernity to the meaning of Mickey Mouse.

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Woolf’s notion of history and historiographical practices, as encountered in both her fictional and critical writings, are informed by the experience of modernity, its nature, failures and possibilities, in as much as the historical epoch of modernity not only forms the context of Woolf’s life and works but also ushers in a novel phase of relating to the past, consequent o. Kambas gives an insightful reading of Benjamin’s ‘Theses’ in relation to the actuality culminating in the fascist regime in the forties.

How to read Walter Benjamin today? This book argues that the proper way is through an approach which recognizes and respects his own peculiar theorization of the act of reading and the politics of interpretation that this entails. The approach must be figural, that is, focused on images, and driven by the notion of actualization. Figural reading, in the very sui generis Benjaminian way, understands figures as constellations, whereby an image of the past juxtaposes them with an image of the present and is thus actualized. To apply this method to Benjamin’s own work means first to identify some figures. The book singles out the Flâneur, the Detective, the Prostitute and the Ragpicker, and then sets them alongside a contemporary account of the same figure: the Flâneur in Juan Goytisolo’s Landscapes after the Battle (1982), the Detective in Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy (1987), the Prostitute in Dacia Maraini’s Dialogue between a Prostitute and her Client (1973), and the Ragpicker in Mudrooroo’s The Mudrooroo/Müller Project (1993). The book thereby, on the one hand, analyses the politics of reading Benjamin today and, on the other, sets his work against a variety of contemporary aesthetics and politics of interpretation.
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