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New German Critique (2018) 45 (1 (133)): 49–78.
Published: 01 February 2018
... surroundings; he is collecting while Russians are collectivizing. Through the lens of his toys, this article examines the conflicted practice of collecting, locating a tension between Benjamin’s theory of historical materialism and his appreciation for objects as artistic, auratic, and transformative. Drawing...
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New German Critique (2009) 36 (1 (106)): 83–101.
Published: 01 February 2009
... lie in Simmel's deep ambivalence toward the new forms of experience he describes? And does this ambivalence legitimate his historically transitional status in the history of modernist thought, ceding the role of critic of modern life to Georg Lukács, Theodor W. Adorno, and Walter Benjamin...
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New German Critique (2012) 39 (3 (117)): 25–32.
Published: 01 November 2012
...Dan Diner In this article Diner briefly rethinks the impact of enlightenment as a historical current of thought and of modernity as its material equivalent. The text unfolds its argument against the backdrop of growing intellectual skepticism toward Western culture and its achievements, especially...
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New German Critique (2021) 48 (2 (143)): 43–61.
Published: 01 August 2021
... in passing in his Aesthetic Theory and that was, in turn, deeply influenced by the thought of Kandinsky’s nephew Alexandre Kojève, who also wrote an essay on his uncle’s paintings. This genealogy of motifs is of more than mere historical and anecdotal significance. At stake is nothing less than an accurate...
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New German Critique (2020) 47 (2 (140)): 139–167.
Published: 01 August 2020
...Justin Neville Kaushall Abstract This article argues that Immanuel Kant’s concept of disinterested contemplation is inadequate because it represses the historical suffering of nature, and thus the aesthetic object’s materiality. It also argues that Theodor W. Adorno’s concept of natural beauty...
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New German Critique (2020) 47 (2 (140)): 45–80.
Published: 01 August 2020
... a response.” 108 Arendt’s theory is seen by Honneth as a product of late capitalism, as well as a product that was decisively unaware of its historical, material specificity. This, like many other accounts, imagined Arendt as she sometimes liked to present herself: ignorant of her social context...
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New German Critique (2012) 39 (3 (117)): 189–205.
Published: 01 November 2012
... it, to brush history, as Benjamin says elsewhere, “against the grain.”18 In light of the risk of historical oblivion, Benjamin highlights the possi- bility of releasing historical memory bound up in material objects whose per- sistence or pulse in the present has yet to be investigated or understood...
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New German Critique (2014) 41 (3 (123)): 35–55.
Published: 01 November 2014
..., on the image as proof. These images, as David Bathrick writes, “stood at once as a trace of the real and its self-evident interpretation.”13 In many ways Farocki’s rereading of the historical materials partakes of documentary modes. In the authentic images of the Westerbork film, the camp’s...
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New German Critique (2014) 41 (2 (122)): 17–20.
Published: 01 August 2014
... technological changes and their impact on “experience” today, on social thought and behavior, on politics and aesthetics. But there are other, less obvious parallels. In the section on Walter Benjamin, Miriam points out repeatedly that in conjunction with his historical materialism was the “utopianist...
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New German Critique (2007) 34 (3 (102)): 75–86.
Published: 01 November 2007
... with the history taught in schools and its moral imperatives. In his more recent fi lms, Karmakar has pursued new approaches to the his- torical material to offer an alternative to those established discourses and images that determine public historical awareness. However, nowadays he professes to be less...
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New German Critique (2015) 42 (1 (124)): 23–44.
Published: 01 February 2015
... is restricted by its peculiar dependence on the material of “life,” which it forms (EmD, 12). As Judith Butler cogently puts it: “Form is not a technical device imposed upon thematic or historic material: it is the index by which historical life becomes distilled and known, where its tensions are encoded...
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New German Critique (2018) 45 (3 (135)): 129–154.
Published: 01 November 2018
...? Marcuse later said that he never discussed with Heidegger the question of Heidegger and Marx, 37 the explicit topic of Marcuse’s 1928 article “Contributions to a Phenomenology of Historical Materialism” (“Beiträge zu einer Phänomenologie des historischen Materialismus”). But Heidegger likely knew about...
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New German Critique (2012) 39 (1 (115)): 67–111.
Published: 01 February 2012
... Marcuse, “The Foundation of Historical Materialism,” in Studies in Critical Phi- losophy, trans. Joris de Bres (Boston: Beacon, 1972), 28. 72 Marcuse’s Affirmation If the specific language of the Manuscripts—the language of essence, species life, human life activity, sensuousness, and so...
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New German Critique (2007) 34 (3 (102)): 1–16.
Published: 01 November 2007
...-English coproduction with Guinness in the leading role, found its legitimation, as did Eichinger’s Downfall, in the constant referencing of historical material: aside from Trevor-Roper’s endorsement at the start of the fi lm, the bunker memoirs of Rittmeister Gerhard Boldt, whose book Die letzten...
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New German Critique (2021) 48 (3 (144)): 1–30.
Published: 01 November 2021
... as a dialectical approach to historically specific cultural constructions. For this reason, an interdisciplinary materialism stands as an exemplary postmetaphysical philosophy, since its ends and approach are not purported to reflect a transhistorical understanding of the ultimate nature of reality but are instead...
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New German Critique (2018) 45 (1 (133)): 1–22.
Published: 01 February 2018
... of gambling might offer materials for the reconstruction of his peculiar historical materialism. 6 It’s All about the Benjamins when the commercial spirit has supplanted the warrior spirit and a system of “rewards and compensations” has replaced that of natural necessity and ancient sacri™ce. “War...
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New German Critique (2020) 47 (2 (140)): 217–246.
Published: 01 August 2020
... and Contemporaneity .” Critical Inquiry 32 , no. 4 ( 2006 ): 681 – 707 . Sugrue Thomas J. The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit . Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press , 2005 . Toscano Alberto . “ Notes on Late Fascism .” Historical Materialism...
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New German Critique (2014) 41 (3 (123)): 57–73.
Published: 01 November 2014
... in which differences between present and past were empha- sized but also refigured. Alain Resnais’s Night and Fog (1955) contested the historical material, especially the black-and-white photographs of the liberated camps taken by Allied cameramen, through its use of color photographs of camps...
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New German Critique (2010) 37 (2 (110)): 125–152.
Published: 01 August 2010
... sacer with a blind eye to the origins of this concept in Marx’s historical materialism. 29. Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Deutschen, vol. Q–R (Berlin: Akademie, 1989), 1916, quoted in de Boever, “Agamben and Marx,” 264; translation modified. 138 Myth, Labor, and Cement Trauerspiel and its...
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New German Critique (2019) 46 (1 (136)): 103–126.
Published: 01 February 2019
... but also the libido theory and the theory of drives are revised along the lines of a thoroughgoing historical materialism. Fromm speaks of a “dialectical interpretation of psychic processes” in which “the psychic structure of man is regarded as the product of his activity and his manner of life...