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Published: 01 January 2005
DOI: 10.1215/9780822396086-012
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9608-6
Series: Sign, Storage, Transmission
Published: 06 March 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478009221-003
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0922-1
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021209-015
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2120-9
Series: Objects/Histories
Published: 01 January 2013
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7897-6
...The Imperial Optic Empires of the Palette The Mass-Printed Imperium Mapping, Claiming, Reclaiming The Imperial Lens ...
Published: 05 May 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822372998
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
Series: Post-Contemporary Interventions
Published: 21 August 2001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8076-4
Published: 05 May 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822372998-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
... This chapter examines one exemplary instance of the optical unconscious that lies latent in Freud’s interpretation of the “R is my uncle dream” as recounted in his Interpretation of Dreams . Drawing on the work of Freud, Benjamin, Gilman, Schmitt, and others, Fardy discusses how the dream...
Published: 24 February 2014
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7677-4
Published: 05 May 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822372998-009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
... This chapter investigates Walter Benjamin’s notion of the optical unconscious, concentrating on photography but taking up a variety of representations and visual practices. Key examples range from the frontispiece of Hobbes’s  Leviathan  through daguerreotypes of enslaved persons to digital...
Published: 12 April 2011
DOI: 10.1215/9780822393566-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9356-6
Series: Objects/Histories
Published: 01 January 2013
DOI: 10.1215/9780822378976-009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7897-6
Published: 01 January 1998
DOI: 10.1215/9780822379027-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7902-7
Published: 05 May 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822372998-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
... The last thirty years have seen a great deal of scholarship on Benjamin’s optical unconscious, yet much of this work expands well beyond photography, the actual subject of Benjamin’s formulation. This chapter places the medium and its historically specific conditions at the center of renewed...
Published: 05 May 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822372998-011
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
... citizen—this chapter analyzes the photographic archive as the optical unconscious of colonial projects. Drawing on Ann Laura Stoler’s suggestion that the archival researcher’s work is a strategy of “developing historical negatives,” and reading it through Walter Benjamin’s descriptions of the optical...
Published: 01 January 2018
DOI: 10.1215/9780822372370-017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7237-0
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By Nicole Starosielski
Series: Sign, Storage, Transmission
Published: 25 February 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7622-4
... undersea cable network fiber-optic security network ...
Published: 05 May 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
... affect Benjamin Leviathan frontispiece optical unconscious Kara Walker ...
Published: 05 May 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
... optical unconscious dream Francis Galton composite photography Carl Schmitt ...
Published: 05 May 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
... optical unconscious calotype mystic writing pad Sigmund Freud Heinrich Schwarz ...
Published: 05 May 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822372998-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
... The introduction offers a close reading of Walter Benjamin’s writings about photography and history, teasing out three overlapping definitions of the optical unconscious. It outlines the ways photography was central to Benjamin’s unique conception of history and how his ideas both intersected...