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New German Critique (2022) 49 (3 (147)): 93–112.
Published: 01 November 2022
... of reading suggested in the novel also imply that these future readers may interrupt overly rigid historical narratives that may prevent emancipation in specific contexts. The novel remains relevant because of both its historical material and its sophisticated form, which explores aesthetic mediation...
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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 (2023) 50 (2 (149)): 101–129.
Published: 01 August 2023
... historical materialism. Based on this distinction, Lukács convincingly argues that the one-sided monist understanding of the social and the natural falls into fetishism, and this is exactly why his “methodological dualism” is essential to any ecosocialist critique of capitalism. References Arato...
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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 (2023) 50 (1 (148)): 1–29.
Published: 01 February 2023
... of the physical world burst into view in Darwin’s theory of biological evolution, in Lyell’s discovery of deep geological time, and in Laplace’s account of the nebular origin of the planets. 12 Engels found in this scientific revolution a vivid confirmation of the historical character of the material world...
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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 (2023) 50 (3 (150)): 205–215.
Published: 01 November 2023
..., they had five hundred years of democracy and peace—and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.” 23. Moses, “German Catechism.” 24. Anderson, In the Tracks of Historical Materialism , 32 . References Anderson Perry . In the Tracks of Historical Materialism . London...
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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
... Karmakar’s dissat- isfaction 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...
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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 (2023) 50 (3 (150)): 109–117.
Published: 01 November 2023
... history in favor of historical materialism; it was a criticism of the archive as a fixed site of historiography. No thinker understood the radical instability of the archive better than Benjamin. Ambivalence toward the archive typically stretches back to the writings of Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida...
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New German Critique (2018) 45 (3 (135)): 129–154.
Published: 01 November 2018
....” What did Heidegger know about Marcuse’s Marxism in the Weimar era? 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...
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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
..., 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 Tage der Reichskanzlei (The Last Days of the Reich’s Chancellery) inspired the screenplay by Maria Pai Fosca...
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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...