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- DescriptionIn transposing the Freudian dream work from the individual subject to the collective, Walter Benjamin projected a GCGBPmacroscosmic journeyGC[yen] of the individual sleeper to GCGBPthe dreaming collective, which, through the arcades, communes with its own insides.GC[yen] BenjaminGCOs effort to transpose the dream phemen to the history of a collective remained fragmentary, though it underlies the principle of retrograde temporality, which, it is argued, is central to his idea of history. The GCGBPpassagesGC[yen] are t just the Paris arcades: They refer also to BenjaminGCOs effort to negotiate the labyrinth of his work and thought. Gelley works through many of BenjaminGCOs later works and examines important critical questions: the interplay of aesthetics and politics, the genre of The Arcades Project, citation, language, messianism, aura, and the motifs of memory, the crowd, and awakening. For Benjamin, memory is t only antiquarian; it functions as a solicitation, a call to a collectivity to come. Gelley reads this call in the motif of awakening, which conveys a qualified but crucial performative intention of BenjaminGCOs undertaking.
- Author BiographyAlexander Gelley is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, emeritus, at the University of California, Irvine.
- Author(s)Alexander Gelley
- PublisherFordham University Press
- Date of Publication15/12/2014
- SubjectLiterary Theory
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFordham University Press
- Content Note4 b/w Illustrations
- Weight431 g
- Width155 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine20 mm
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