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Poetics Today (2008) 29 (1): 79–101.
Published: 01 March 2008
...Carolin Duttlinger This article explores Walter Benjamin's famous concept of the aura in relation to his writings on photography. Although Benjamin's “Artwork” essay charges photography with the decline of the aura of the traditional artwork, his essay on photography complicates this historical...
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Poetics Today (2003) 24 (4): 759–780.
Published: 01 December 2003
... the senses. In Benjamin’s account, the technologically reproduced artwork is socially liberating because it destroys the distance and mystified aura of high art while making the sensuous particular available to everyone. However...
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Poetics Today (2021) 42 (2): 173–191.
Published: 01 June 2021
..., Benjamin argues, the character of art has changed fundamentally, because works of art are no longer limited to their existence in a unique and original copy. The unique and original copy of a painting, he goes on to say, has an “aura,” while the photograph or the film lacks this dimension...
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Poetics Today (2008) 29 (1): 1–29.
Published: 01 March 2008
... either, though all of these natural candidates share a striking feature with photographs—an aura or history of magic surrounding them.  (Ibid.: 17–18) Cavell’s description of the photograph as not being a likeness or replica (terms which allude to a relation of similarity or iconicity...
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Poetics Today (2022) 43 (1): 103–125.
Published: 01 March 2022
..., the semantic field of associations connected with O! was gradually extended to cover not only Greece but the whole of the ancient Mediterranean civilization. Chaucer's diction was not specifically his own idea, but a manifestation of a more general tendency in European culture to use O! to evoke an aura...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (4): 763–767.
Published: 01 December 2017
...). These frequent “gaps in knowledge” in novellas of the 1820s and 1850s work to enhance their aura of authenticity. In her sixth chapter Somoff tackles Goncharov’s Oblomov. Like others before her, she explores how it was born out of the earlier “Oblomov’s Dream,” despite Goncharov’s disparaging of that part...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (3): 327–346.
Published: 01 September 2020
.... Outliving the disaster brought back from the deep as though from the grave these random items acquired the aura of religious relics. This conforms with our general experience, the narrator muses: Every spirit passing through the world fingers the tangible and mars the mutable, and finally has come to look...
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Poetics Today (2006) 27 (2): 489–495.
Published: 01 June 2006
... everything in sight that was Jewish. Yet as a post-Holocaust novelist, I write from a distance about the periph- ery, which does not have either the aura or aroma of Auschwitz itself. For me, the barbed-wire is only metaphorical, representing the way in which the mind can become a prison when...
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Poetics Today (2024) 45 (2): 317–324.
Published: 01 June 2024
... from underrepresented groups in tech are reporting a surge in applications (Lohr 2021 ). The emergence of AI-curated training will hasten the transition, but it will take some time, mostly for cultural reasons (the aura and cash value of a college degree won't dissipate overnight). However, once...
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Poetics Today (2004) 25 (1): 29–66.
Published: 01 March 2004
.... The Aura Is Dead. Long Live the Aura! Suggestive of a supraordinary quality, of a nebulous emanation of grandeur that surrounds the unique artwork with exceptional, cultic power, the aura was famously consigned to oblivion by Benjamin.Technological reproduc- ibility, he argued (1979 [1936]: 852...
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Poetics Today (2008) 29 (1): 49–78.
Published: 01 March 2008
... group portrait which Monika “loved . . . even as a child” (ibid.: 28)—that is not easily trans- latable into language. Indeed, the photos’ aura,14 as perceived by the nar- rator, is itself produced through a whole series of visual efforts: “Maybe I felt something of that longing that overcomes...
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Poetics Today (2009) 30 (2): 207–235.
Published: 01 June 2009
...- muted eighteen months later, Brodsky had acquired not only national and international celebrity but also the aura of integrity and moral authority often accorded to the unjustly punished. Longer versions of this story, encompassing subsequent significant mile- stones—his forced emigration (1972...
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Poetics Today (2005) 26 (1): 161–168.
Published: 01 March 2005
... Jacques not only as con- tinuous with Pamela but indeed as its post hoc justification, as an attempt to lend it an aura of philosophical respectability: for only if the mechanistic materialists (like Jacques) are right, with one thing leading to the next in an endless causal chain, does it follow...
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Poetics Today (2004) 25 (4): 653–671.
Published: 01 December 2004
... of Jacobus Coetzee’’ is presented as a desire, awoken by reading the works of William Burchell and others, to create a fictional travel book about an early ox-wagon expedition in the Karoo that will have the ‘‘aura of truth The project of simulta- neously undermining this aura must have been a later...
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Poetics Today (2023) 44 (4): 665–675.
Published: 01 December 2023
... of multiple contradictions. A century after painting was stripped of its aura and relegated to the status of yet another mundane object in the endless procession of mass-produced goods, it is amazing to discover just how much vitality—and relevance—the medium still holds. At a time when the political culture...
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Poetics Today (2018) 39 (2): 403–423.
Published: 01 June 2018
... production, but this effect is meant to feed into the reader’s recognition that her art is immortal because of its restitution of aura (“blazing world At the end of the novel, when Harriet is on her deathbed, her caretaker pronounces the final verdict on her art- works, which uncannily reiterates...
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Poetics Today (2006) 27 (2): 249–260.
Published: 01 June 2006
... of an individual, communicates something of the original impact of what was experienced, retrieves in the spontaneous flow of the inter- view forgotten episodes, and is generally unafraid of the emotional aura. Indeed, a core memory of feelings and images seems to persist unmodified, as Robert Kraft, a cognitive...
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Poetics Today (2016) 37 (3): 387–413.
Published: 01 September 2016
... of World War I. The presence of Dostoevsky in Bloch’s writing is not a eccentricity on his part. As Bloch noted in an interview with Michael Lowy (1976: 44), Dostoevsky and his “religious” aura were emotion- ally and intuitively absorbed by his entire generation, including Rainer Maria Rilke, Oswald...
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Poetics Today (2001) 22 (1): 89–127.
Published: 01 March 2001
...- nated by reference to Walter Benjamin’s conception of ‘‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’’ an essay in which Benjamin links the acceleration of the photograph’s exposure time with the evapora- tion of ‘‘aura’’ from the image. This ‘‘uniqueness of the work of art’’ (ibid...
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Poetics Today (2005) 26 (3): 551–554.
Published: 01 September 2005
... created between the things of the world. These associations are not, as critics like Gérard Genette contend, wholly determined by relations of spatial proximity; rather, the metonymic meta- phors reveal something fundamental about Marcel: his permanent belief in the aura of places. Strikingly...