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Comparative Literature (2008) 60 (3): 244–260.
Published: 01 June 2008
.... Allegories of History: Literary Historiography after Hegel . Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992 . Benjamin, Walter. Gesammelte Schriften . 7 vols. Ed. Rolf Tiedemann and Hermann Schweppenhäuser. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1972 -89. ____. “On the Concept of History.” Selected...
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Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (1): 76–78.
Published: 01 January 2002
...Karin Bauer; Bernard Deschamps In the Language of Walter Benjamin. By Carol Jacobs. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999. 136 p. University of Oregon 2002 Adorno, Theodor W. Prisms . Trans. Samuel and Sherry Weber. London: Neville Spearman, 1967 . Bullock, Marcus. Rev...
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Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (4): 363–366.
Published: 01 September 2002
...John McCole Walter Benjamin and the Corpus of Autobiography. By Gerhard Richter. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2000. 309 p. University of Oregon 2002 BOOK REVIEWS/357...
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Comparative Literature (2023) 75 (3): 348–372.
Published: 01 September 2023
...John Hoffmeyer Abstract This essay develops a comparative account of Walter Benjamin’s and Hart Crane’s architectonic metaphors for text, culture, and history. I argue that theorist and poet alike employ parallel conceptual frameworks that analogize the “building” of the text to the condensation...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (2): 181–200.
Published: 01 June 2017
...E. S. Burt Around the time he was conceiving his thesis on allegory in the Baroque mourning-play, Walter Benjamin equated perception with reading. To align phenomenal experience with reading texts is unusual, and gives rise to questions. Benjamin's teacher, Georg Simmel, had identified a crisis...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (3): 363–381.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin The main intention of this essay is to use Walter Benjamin's insights in his “On the Concept of History” as a critical tool for examining Zionist discourse. Specifically, the theses provide a vector for reading the perception of Zionism as reflected in the writings...
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Comparative Literature (2011) 63 (3): 269–290.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Kevin Newmark This essay considers Baudelaire's “Le Cygne” in terms of the crucial place the poem should occupy in any theoretical reflection on literary and historical “modernity.” Despite the proliferation in recent years of references to Walter Benjamin in the reception of Baudelaire's poetry...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 382–406.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Christopher Braider Walter Benjamin confides to his friend Hugo von Hofmannsthal that “I sometimes think about writing a book on French tragedy as a counterpart to my Trauerspiel book,” noting that his “plan for the latter had originally been to elucidate both the German Trauerspiel and the French...
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Comparative Literature (2012) 64 (4): 407–428.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Sonam Singh Walter Benjamin's two essays on Charles Baudelaire — “The Paris of the Second Empire in Baudelaire” (1938) and “On Some Motifs in Baudelaire” (1939) — are regularly taken as profound readings of that poet's work. This essay argues that, whatever claims may be made for Benjamin...
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Comparative Literature (2016) 68 (3): 312–331.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Michael Subialka By examining key sources Walter Benjamin uses in his essay “Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit” (“The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility,”1935–39), I recover essential depictions of early cinema that Benjamin obscures...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (4): 376–398.
Published: 01 September 2010
... and non-Europe and associated with Walter Benjamin's dialectical image, the figure of the flâneur furnishes a comparative approach based on collision, encounter, and touch, rather than the mimetic, vision-based models of comparison that claim equivalence or commensurability. I detect a similar...
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Comparative Literature (2010) 62 (3): 283–301.
Published: 01 June 2010
....” In contrast with prior studies that evaluate the historical realism of these works, I draw on Walter Benjamin's notions of revolutionary historiography in order to show how both the content and circumstances of publication of Seghers's and Carpentier's fiction illuminate their struggles with the role...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (4): 408–428.
Published: 01 December 2013
... accounts, while correct in debunking the myth of Upward's slavishness to Moscow, erase the crucial comparative frame through which his work must be understood. Reading Upward's writing of the 1930s alongside Georg Lukács, Walter Benjamin, and socialist realists such as Fyodor Gladkov and Alexander Fadeev...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (1): 123–135.
Published: 01 March 2013
..., it is also one that demands to be read against other key intertexts of the modern moment, including Darwin's Descent of Man , Flaubert's Un Coeur Simple , and the more recent voices of Walter Benjamin, Giorgio Agamben, and Maurice Blanchot. Weaving these diverse materials together in a manner that echoes...
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Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (1): 41–63.
Published: 01 March 2019
..., and ambiguity about the future, loosely in the vein of Fredric Jameson’s linking of death to utopia and Walter Benjamin’s vision of “mortification.” To Walter Benjamin vis-à-vis Flatley, melancholia is a “historical problem related to the experience of modernity; melancholy is the evidence of the historicity...
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Comparative Literature (2008) 60 (2): 125–141.
Published: 01 March 2008
...KEVIN A. MORRISON University of Oregon 2008 Adorno, Theodor. “Der Essay als Form.” Noten zur Literatur 1 ( 1998 ): 9 -49. Arendt, Hannah. “Walter Benjamin: 1892-1940.” Illuminations: Essays and Reflections . By Walter Benjamin. Ed. Hannah Arendt. New York: Schocken, 1969 . 1...
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Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (4): 357–359.
Published: 01 September 2002
.... For Gossman, then, con- text is a gentlemanly affair, which may be just as much a sound historical judgment as it is a disciplinary proclivity. Historians often think, and think well, allegorically. Historical allegory, as Walter Benjamin argued, can proceed by way of dialectical images, where...
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Comparative Literature (2002) 54 (4): 359–362.
Published: 01 September 2002
.... For Gossman, then, con- text is a gentlemanly affair, which may be just as much a sound historical judgment as it is a disciplinary proclivity. Historians often think, and think well, allegorically. Historical allegory, as Walter Benjamin argued, can proceed by way of dialectical images, where...
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Comparative Literature (2005) 57 (3): 246–255.
Published: 01 June 2005
....9 Nor does it rely on the assertion, à la Walter Benjamin, of a dubious, metaphysical unity under- lying all languages.10 Rather, the continuity posited by the gradient delineates a flexible space within which various conceptual or material axes can serve as the dimension(s) of difference...
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Comparative Literature (2013) 65 (1): 1–4.
Published: 01 March 2013
... . Spivak Gayatri . Death of a Discipline . New York : Columbia UP , 2003 . Print . Weber Samuel . “A Touch of Translation: On Walter Benjamin's ‘The Task of the Translator.’” Nation, Language, and the Ethics of Translation . Ed. Berman Sandra Wood Michael . Princeton...