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New German Critique (2011) 38 (3 (114)): 17–34.
Published: 01 November 2011
... commentators charisma as a useful concept for understanding elements of fiction and of representation generally. Charisma is a quality of persons; aura can rise up from things, places, events, and persons. Whereas charisma of art is a problem in aesthetics, aura is a product of the individual imagination...
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New German Critique (2015) 42 (2 (125)): 81–95.
Published: 01 August 2015
...George Kouvaros To look at something as if it were for the last time, as if the thing looked at were disappearing: this article considers what this attitude reveals about Wim Wenders's work in film and photography. For Wenders, photography has several overlapping functions: it is a medium with its...
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New German Critique (2018) 45 (2 (134)): 67–98.
Published: 01 August 2018
...Brook Henkel Abstract Around 1910 trick films by Edwin S. Porter, Émile Cohl, and others fascinated writers and critics by bringing objects to life and upending the dominant roles of human actors found in drama and literature. The animated objects and thing-like humans in Franz Kafka’s writings...
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New German Critique (2010) 37 (1 (109)): 99–118.
Published: 01 February 2010
...Christian Sieg This article traces Siegfried Kracauer's ethnologically inflected observations of ordinary practices and argues that his lifelong attention to the quotidian, from his newspaper articles of the 1920s to his last book, History: The Last Things before the Last , throws into relief...
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New German Critique (2010) 37 (2 (110)): 49–72.
Published: 01 August 2010
...Eric Bulson Gravity's Rainbow is known for, among other things, its authentic historical representation of London during the V-2 Blitz. Strangely enough, critics have continued to ignore that other city, Berlin, which occupies almost as much space in the novel and presents readers with a harrowing...
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New German Critique (2010) 37 (2 (110)): 95–106.
Published: 01 August 2010
... the descriptive mode of the generally underestimated travelogue over the novel's narrative mode. This choice generates a particular “design of the concrete,” whereby highly personal impressions and isolated facts and things emerge as interesting in themselves. Koeppen attempts to banish the “dangerous chimera...
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New German Critique (2016) 43 (3 (129)): 113–137.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Daniel K. L. Chua Theodor W. Adorno's “theory of the symphony” is modeled on Beethoven's heroic symphonies; these works form the basis for Adorno's arguments against the broadcast of symphonies on radio. A “radio symphony,” he claims, is not the same as the real thing and fails to deliver the true...
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New German Critique (2016) 43 (2 (128)): 83–104.
Published: 01 August 2016
... to Blumenberg's anthropology, the need to turn away from the world in order to engage with it is a distinctly human trait. However, second-order cybernetics and Niklas Luhmann's social systems theory offer ways to conceptualize this “involution” as a general feature of living things, whose relative autonomy...
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New German Critique (2017) 44 (1 (130)): 169–203.
Published: 01 February 2017
... into geometric structures. Assembled from such things as matchboxes, washing powder packets, old medicine packaging, split-open coffee pots, lacquered paper, and wire, Glöckner's constructions resemble maquettes for large-scale sculptures never to be realized. Their appearance suggests a hybrid aesthetic, a kind...
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New German Critique (2012) 39 (2 (116)): 87–102.
Published: 01 August 2012
... for identity and a language in which to express it. Furthermore, her discussion considers Hilbig's treatment of the loss of Heimat in his portrayal of material things in a state of transition between presence and absence, material experience and the aesthetic moment. Finally, Pye examines how, through...
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New German Critique (2014) 41 (2 (122)): 35–45.
Published: 01 August 2014
... to mourning in modernity. Rather than view cinema as a simulacrum of reality, he proposes it as a way to work through our separation from things and their aura. Benjamin's discussion of the screen test and Freud's discussion of the reality testing offer other relations that spectators might have...
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New German Critique (2023) 50 (1 (148)): 59–82.
Published: 01 February 2023
... than being conceived as a singular event marking the end of the world in its given form, catastrophe is to be located in its persistent continuity—the simple fact that “things ‘go on like this.’” This article traces the origins of this thesis to an earlier text: a 1923 manuscript that Benjamin wrote...
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New German Critique (2020) 47 (3 (141)): 99–140.
Published: 01 November 2020
...-level dwellings, a new type of housing was propagated in newspapers, magazines, exhibitions, films, guidebooks, and advertisements. Siegfried Kracauer, architect, journalist, and author, also became engaged in this debate, willfully reinterpreting New Objectivity’s aesthetics of things ( Dingästhetik...
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New German Critique (2023) 50 (3 (150)): 185–192.
Published: 01 November 2023
...Quinn Slobodian This essay offers a capsule memoir of a part-time Germanist. It recounts the author’s experience of coming of age in the 1990s when it was salad days for All Things German in North America and the sheen of Weimar shone. This decade was followed by the years of the global war...
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New German Critique (2012) 39 (3 (117)): 189–205.
Published: 01 November 2012
... about possible future states of freedom in which the world of degraded objects is put back together, in which misplaced corre- sponding things are rightfully reunited and restored so as to prefigure the self-organization of a people. Still others claim that the collector’s attention to discarded...
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New German Critique (2007) 34 (2 (101)): 143–155.
Published: 01 August 2007
... difficult to say what is there first. In the mid-1990s there was just a desire—this might sound strange—to tell something about East Germany after 1990. I noticed that everything one tried to say and summarize about this time was really difficult, because there were so many things that seemed...
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New German Critique (2021) 48 (3 (144)): 165–198.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Wayne Stables Copyright © 2021 by New German Critique, Inc. 2021 Could a coherence be brought into their works—a sequence, continuity in what they reached for and what they left alone? No. All men sought at once the one thing and its opposite. They cancelled themselves out...
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New German Critique (2007) 34 (1 (100)): 141–163.
Published: 01 February 2007
... of New York Press, 1996], 55–91). While this may appear true on the surface of things, as I shall demonstrate in the remainder of the essay, nature cannot be separated from society so easily in Adorno’s theories, which has crucial implications for its posi- tion and role in culture...
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New German Critique (2016) 43 (3 (129)): 203–222.
Published: 01 November 2016
... of Enlightenment states that all living things are, or seem to be, under a spell—and both state- ments, i.e., that they are under a spell and that they appear to be under a spell, are probably equally valid. This idea is really an unspoken premise and it could be said that my efforts here...
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New German Critique (2016) 43 (3 (129)): 139–154.
Published: 01 November 2016
... utopia today is: to make things of which we do not know what they are.”1 So reads the final line of Theodor W. Adorno’s essay “Vers une musique informelle” (1961). This idea, which occurs in almost iden- tical form in several places in his late writings, is one I want to revisit here under...