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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: 10.1215/9780822372998-005
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: 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: 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: 05 May 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822372998
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
Published: 05 May 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
... Walter Benjamin Sigmund Freud photography optical unconscious unconscious race dialectical image latent image ...
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...
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: 10.1215/9780822372998-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
... This chapter provides a close reading of Walter Benjamin’s essay “Little History of Photography” (1931). It studies the photographs and photographers Benjamin drew on as he developed his thoughts about the optical unconscious, especially the calotypes made by David Octavius Hill and Robert...
Published: 05 May 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822372998-014
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
... concept of the optical unconscious. Attending to the work of socialist photographers shows how the camera could be enlisted for the purposes of promoting revolution. By examining oral histories and archival documents, Phu provides a critical description of revolutionary looking, and consider how...
Published: 05 May 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
Published: 05 May 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
Published: 05 May 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822372998-017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
Published: 05 May 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
Published: 05 May 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
Published: 05 May 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
... Sigmund Freud unconscious ideology illusion photographic negative ...
Published: 05 May 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
Published: 05 May 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8