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boundary 2 (1 August 2017) 44 (3): 159–163.
Published: 01 August 2017
... gap is also productive of black social life, constructed in part because of the tension inside of this slippage and certainly in relation to it. “A Black Poetics: Against Mastery” proposes that creation and innovation emerge from the impossibility of knowing one's black self and that a black poetics...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2018) 45 (2): 63–86.
Published: 01 May 2018
... bourgeois pedagogy. Departing from the Kantian concept of pedagogy, already the younger Benjamin criticizes humanist teleologies of child education. Unraveling the aporias of bourgeois pedagogy, he takes hierarchical oppositions, such as civilization and nature, mind and body, teacher and student, mastery...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2018) 45 (2): 187–202.
Published: 01 May 2018
... transformation into a “nature [Physis] in which its contact with the cosmos is being newly and otherwise constructed than it is in peoples and families” (1981: 147).5 The basis of Benjamin’s claim is found in an analogical presentation of the nature of technology: Mastery of nature, so the...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2018) 45 (2): 171–186.
Published: 01 May 2018
.... Near the end of One-­Way Street, Benjamin writes, “The mastery of nature (so the imperialists teach) is the purpose of all technology. But who would trust a cane wielder who proclaimed the mastery of children by adults to be the purpose of education? Is not education, above all, the...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2004) 31 (2): 275–278.
Published: 01 May 2004
..., Jonathan D. Divided Mastery: Slave Hiring in the American South. Cam- bridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004. Martinson, Deborah. In the Presence of Audience: The Self in Diaries and Fiction. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2003. Mazor, Yair. The Poetry of Asher Reich: Portrait of a...
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boundary 2 (1 August 2009) 36 (3): 123–132.
Published: 01 August 2009
...- bilities, the disabled text has a disabling (disarming!) effect on hierarchies of reading and scholarship, inviting the reader, scholar, even the translator to move into a space where there may be no mastery, where fluency itself is a proximate and contingent affair. This effect is perfectly evident...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2018) 45 (2): 139–156.
Published: 01 May 2018
..., conquering countries, mili- tarizing landscapes, slaughtering people. This leads Benjamin to another reference to pedagogy: The mastery of nature, so the imperialists teach, is the purpose of all technology. But who would trust a cane wielder who proclaimed the mastery of children...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2018) 45 (2): 35–62.
Published: 01 May 2018
... from the mastery of the great few” therefore seek to overthrow the most sacred hierarchy in the kingdom of the intellect: “the servitude of the masses, their submissive obedience, their instinct of loyalty to the rule of genius” (Nietzsche 2009). In an important and characteristic...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2003) 30 (1): 105–130.
Published: 01 February 2003
...- plication of perspectives risks losing all track of its original dialectic and seems to open space to endless elusive attempts at mastery (as it does in Erik’s torture chamber, and—Benjamin indicates—in the broad perspective...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2016) 43 (1): 173–208.
Published: 01 February 2016
... extremes of emotion, naturalness, and “soul”—were symptomatic of its anomalous position in the epistemological orders of white mastery. While seemingly at the seat of slave labor and white property ownership, Negro music also appeared to exceed those legal and social markers and claims. Its...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2001) 28 (2): 173–201.
Published: 01 May 2001
... reality of world-ocean mastery, the acknowledged goal of first Portuguese, then Dutch, then British naval policy, a goal that was fully consonant with the Grotian mare liberum. Genealogies of Strategic Oceanic Elementalism Grotian oceanic space was realized through the exercise of naval...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2015) 42 (2): 231–245.
Published: 01 May 2015
... place? In effect, sublimation threatens to aestheticize the ethical—and in so doing destroy heteronomy and afford illusions of mastery. The figure of tragedy is a perfect example of this aes- theticization. Tragedy, for thinkers from Schelling to Nietzsche, manages to “reconcile the freedom of...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2003) 30 (1): 1–15.
Published: 01 February 2003
.... Clark is skeptical of the desire to draw finished con- cepts and theories from The Arcades Project and doubtful of Benjamin’s mastery of Marx. But he nevertheless finds central to the later sections of The Arcades Project a strong...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2009) 36 (2): 145–153.
Published: 01 May 2009
... in some way sympathetic toward efforts to assert “‘mastery of the world and that we wish “to drive all of us back into the old molds.” These are frankly strange misreadings of what we have written, and they suggest that McClure relies on the very kinds of false opposition that our essay means...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2003) 30 (1): 51–66.
Published: 01 February 2003
... perform new tasks of apperception, for successful reception in distraction presupposes that a mastery of certain tasks has become habitual. What is at stake here, it would seem, is a dialectical mode of reading that effec- 6808 boundar tively...
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boundary 2 (1 August 2008) 35 (3): 189–212.
Published: 01 August 2008
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boundary 2 (1 August 2017) 44 (3): 59–72.
Published: 01 August 2017
... sentience rooted not merely in looking but Dayan / On Williams’s Paterson 65 most of all in a more tactile way of recognizing and responding to experi- ence. So in a poem that promises to question human cruelty and poetic mastery by embracing, as he put it, “the...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2018) 45 (2): 23–34.
Published: 01 May 2018
... overcome it. Benjamin invokes a similar set of alternatives in One-­Way Street over a decade later: “Is not education, above all, the indispensable ordering of the relationship between generations and therefore mastery (if we are to use this term) of that relationship and not [of] children” (1996...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2001) 28 (2): 21–32.
Published: 01 May 2001
... the 19th century is back in printwho would use it, as did slave and other radical abolitionists, as a ‘‘guidebook to revolt 26 boundary 2 / Summer 2001 neous—not to say miscegenated—crowd that sought an originality of quo- tation and a cultural mastery tied to radical self-determination that...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2005) 32 (1): 117–128.
Published: 01 February 2005
... personal mastery is removed and replaced by optimized routines, re- gardless of their attitude toward legitimate authority (that is, regardless of whether they believe in the intellectual merit or the historical sanctity of a set of rules), they have thereby been rendered more obedient. This was, in...