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New German Critique (2020) 47 (3 (141)): 141–178.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Jacob Haubenreich Abstract This article examines the persistence of the notion of the immaterial text in literary studies, now decades into the so-called material turn. Digitization of manuscripts increasingly confronts us with the facts of textual materiality and material authorship, yet many...
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New German Critique (2022) 49 (3 (147)): 113–133.
Published: 01 November 2022
..., the following essay illuminates not only how reading and writing embody these oppositions between form and formless but also how this tension culminates in Weiss’s poetic regeneration of a Marxism uncanny in nature despite what he perceived as dialectical materialism’s bureaucratic exhaustion in the Eastern...
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New German Critique (2020) 47 (1 (139)): 173–195.
Published: 01 February 2020
... opening, an attempt Petzold eventually abandoned. In the postwar world of Phoenix , it is too soon to perform the reconstructive work undertaken by Bauer—here reconstruction has to do, rather, with erasure and forgetting. For contemporary memory work, meanwhile, all that remains are the material traces...
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New German Critique (2012) 39 (2 (116)): 87–102.
Published: 01 August 2012
...Gillian Pye This article looks at the interplay between material authenticity, waste, decay, loss, and forgetting in Wolfgang Hilbig's prose texts Die Kunde von den Bäumen ( The Lore of the Trees , 1992) and Alte Abdeckerei ( Old Knackers Yard , 1991). It argues that the thrown-away, the ruined...
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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 (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 (2016) 43 (1 (127)): 59–89.
Published: 01 February 2016
... as with Balázs's fellow Marxist Walter Benjamin, this article outlines key aspects of both right-wing and left-wing physiognomics. While Balázs did share with reactionary physiognomists the problematic idealist tendency to view the body as materialized soul, his views on physiognomy evaded racial essentialism...
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New German Critique (2016) 43 (2 (128)): 153–176.
Published: 01 August 2016
...Kate Rigby Theodor Storm's novella Der Schimmelreiter is set in northwestern Germany, a region with a long history of dyke building and coastal flooding. Drawing on insights into material agency, complexity, and the entwinement of materiality and discourse that have emerged from science studies, I...
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New German Critique (2009) 36 (1 (106)): 83–101.
Published: 01 February 2009
...? Or is Simmel's tone better understood as reserve, a refusal to suggest a totalizing account of modernity? This essay aims to reevaluate and defend Simmel's aesthetic interpretation of modernity on the grounds of his latent materialism. Focusing on his discussion of Auguste Rodin's sculpture and the impressionist...
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New German Critique (2009) 36 (3 (108)): 39–71.
Published: 01 November 2009
... and modernism conditionally. In architecture, “modernization” resulted in the invention of new materials and construction or production methods (technology), and the design challenge of new building types like railroad stations, airports, and public housing. “Modernism” refers to the corresponding aesthetic...
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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 (2013) 40 (2 (119)): 31–52.
Published: 01 August 2013
... might be is always located in material socioeconomic conditions. © 2013 by New German Critique, Inc. 2013 Bloch, Badiou, Saint Paul, and the Ontology of Not Yet Peter Thompson In the outworn battle between analytic and continental philosophy...
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New German Critique (2013) 40 (1 (118)): 119–148.
Published: 01 February 2013
... the possibility to embody or express the negativity of mimesis. Adorno believes in the material expression of negativity in art, while Lacoue-Labarthe deems it impossible. © 2013 by New German Critique, Inc. 2013 Negativity (Dis)embodied: Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Theodor W. Adorno on Mimesis...
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New German Critique (2014) 41 (3 (123)): 35–55.
Published: 01 November 2014
... of archival material. © 2014 by New German Critique, Inc. 2014 Reiterative Reading: Harun Farocki’s Approach to the Footage from Westerbork Transit Camp Sven Kramer Harun Farocki’s film Respite (Aufschub), which deals with the Nazis’ transit camp...
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New German Critique (2014) 41 (3 (123)): 75–93.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Alexandra Tacke In abstract and sometimes deliberately alienating treatments of archival material, Eyal Sivan and Rony Brauman's Specialist (1999) and Romuald Karmakar's Himmler Project (2000) engage in impressive reconcretizations of Hannah Arendt's concept of the “banality of evil.” Both...
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New German Critique (2015) 42 (2 (125)): 115–135.
Published: 01 August 2015
...Simon Ward Berlin's material past remains obstinately visible despite the predictions of urban theorists about the “overexposed” city. What is “remembering well” in contemporary Berlin: the preservation of a particular form of the city (Berlin's Planwerk Innenstadt ) or the remembering of one...
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New German Critique (2014) 41 (2 (122)): 145–157.
Published: 01 August 2014
... (if literal) translation of the latter. “Room-for-play” becomes a phenomenological chronotope that illuminates the leap from Benjamin's account of children's capacity to remake the material world to a broader aesthetico-political agenda. Spielraum or Spiel-Raum aggressively spatializes in two significant...
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New German Critique (2017) 44 (3 (132)): 105–121.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Paul Fleming This article explores the fate of Hans Blumenberg's work to date in the English-speaking world and asks whether this “missed encounter” is simply contingent—that is, might have been otherwise—or if there is something about his thought, method, and materials that makes his transfer from...
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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 (2018) 45 (3 (135)): 97–128.
Published: 01 November 2018
... are outlined by drawing on previously unknown archival material, including correspondence between Zemach and Vittorio Klostermann (Heidegger’s German publisher), as well as between Zemach and Heidegger himself. With a look at Heidegger’s reception in post-Holocaust Israel as reflected in the debates over his...