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positions (2018) 26 (1): 13–33.
Published: 01 February 2018
... to imitate the perceived colors of the real world and its identification with mere surface appearance. Among Kandinsky’s greatest enthusiasts was Walter Benjamin, whose fragmentary writings on color celebrated its spiritual powers and resistance to the conceptual abstractions of language. Although he...
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positions (2018) 26 (1): 35–57.
Published: 01 February 2018
...Peter Fenves The essay begins by showing that Benjamin had a diffuse yet intense interest in Chinese thought and literature during his student years, when he read and discussed a range of Chinese texts, from Laozi’s to Gu Hongming’s. The culmination of his youthful studies of China occurs with his...
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positions (2018) 26 (1): 59–76.
Published: 01 February 2018
...Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky In his review of Chrut und Uchrut , an extremely successful and popular practical booklet of medicinal herbs, Benjamin tests a new concept of literary criticism. He links the reviewing of the popular guide with reflection on the media-technology-conditioned transformation...
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positions (2018) 26 (1): 77–109.
Published: 01 February 2018
...Matthew Lau Walter Benjamin and filmmaker Jia Zhangke both use the trope of silence to register a critique of the effects of capitalist development on their respective societies that is fundamentally romantic. For Benjamin and Jia, the strength of the romantic sensibility is its break with more...
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positions (1995) 3 (2): 329–366.
Published: 01 May 1995
... of coherence. And because I have wanted to describe the form of my undertaking, I have represented a “method” imagined by Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno in the 1920s positions 3:2 Fall 1995 332...
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positions (2007) 15 (3): 511–552.
Published: 01 August 2007
...Miyako Inoue Copyright 2007 by Duke University Press 2007 Things That Speak: Peirce, Benjamin, and the Kinesthetics of Commodity Advertisement in Japanese Women’s Magazines, 1900 to the 1930s Miyako Inoue What, in the end, makes advertisements so superior...
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positions (2018) 26 (1): 1–12.
Published: 01 February 2018
... by Gladding Jody . New York : Columbia University Press . Benjamin Walter . 1977 . The Origin of German Tragic Drama . Translated by Osborne John . London : NLB . Benjamin Walter . 1999 . The Arcades Project . Edited by Tiedemann Rolf . Cambridge, MA : Harvard...
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positions (2018) 26 (1): 185–192.
Published: 01 February 2018
...Walter Benjamin Chinese Paintings at the National Library Walter Benjamin Translated by Briankle G. Chang Translator’s Preface It is not necessary to be able to read something in order to appreciate it. — Maxwell Hearn Benjamin...
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positions (2018) 26 (1): 151–183.
Published: 01 February 2018
...Richard A. Rand, M. D. This essay offers a reading of Walter Benjamin’s “The Moderne,” the third section of “The Paris of the Second Empire in Baudelaire.” It begins with an analysis of Baudelaire’s fantastic (or phantasmagoric) images of heroic figures found in Parisian crowds and proceeds to give...
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positions (2021) 29 (1): 21–45.
Published: 01 February 2021
...J. Francisco Benitez This article explores the works of Philippine author Macario Pineda through the lens of Walter Benjamin’s “The Storyteller.” Following Benjamin, Pineda’s short stories present experience as containing a dialectic “frozen” in time and sutured in narrative. In Pineda’s stories...
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positions (2019) 27 (1): 159–173.
Published: 01 February 2019
...Tazaki Hideaki When politics subsumes life, we must consider the question of what precisely this “life” indicates. What form does life take at the moment when it is touched by politics? In the “Critique of Violence,” Benjamin calls it “bare life,” a life reduced to itself, divested of adornments...
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positions (2015) 23 (1): 15–39.
Published: 01 February 2015
...Benjamin A. Elman The “rise of China” narrative in the twenty-first century is replacing the long-standing “rise of Japan” story line of the twentieth century. This article examines the role of wars in redirecting public opinion and, in particular, the effect of the 1894–95 war in refracting Qing...
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positions (2016) 24 (2): 403–433.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Benjamin Tausig During ten weeks of antigovernment protest in spring 2010, the Thai military used physical and psychological tactics, including coercive broadcasting of music and sound, to combat demonstrations in Bangkok. Before a violent crackdown in May, protesters and soldiers spent ten weeks...
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positions (2011) 19 (2): 463–498.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Benjamin McKay The article investigates the disjunctive mirroring of images and representations through films that evoke the larger socioeconomic and political relations between Singapore and the Philippines. The two films analyzed are about related plights of Filipina domestic workers in Singapore...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 1–6.
Published: 01 February 2012
... signifier fades into the intellectual history of an earlier time; the word critique remains. Walter Benjamin's proposal that critique be the mark of the immanent yet apocalyptic claim to historical truth cannot be vacated. Thus twenty years after the founding of the project, we pause to invent...
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positions (2013) 21 (3): 725–754.
Published: 01 August 2013
.... This productive space — unscripted and undifferentiated — I argue, is likewise a potential site for what Walter Benjamin referred to as the emergence of “historical materialism,” which reveals itself in flashes, or unexpected moments of danger. Within the structured mechanics of ritual there is space for chance...
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positions (2019) 27 (2): 333–360.
Published: 01 May 2019
... that evoke an invisible system of spatial violence. Adding a gendered twist to Walter Benjamin’s Marxist critique of phantasmagorias of the interior, Li’s feminist interior portrays a post-socialist masculinist urban (bodies-cities) network, where women are seen as displaced, homeless, and disappeared...
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positions (2021) 29 (1): 47–65.
Published: 01 February 2021
... Benjamin’s essay “The Storyteller,” the analysis in this article examines the aesthetic forms that structure Amir’s films, namely nonlinear narratives, intertextuality, and the use of images and stories as comparative frames. This article argues that Amir’s films enable audiences to recognize how the truth...
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positions (2001) 9 (2): 287–329.
Published: 01 May 2001
... idea of noncontemporaneity that refutes the empty, homogeneous time of modernity and the universalizing narrative of progress; Jacques Derrida’s discussion of justice as a “being-with specters”; and Walter Benjamin’s no- tion of being accountable...
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positions (2004) 12 (3): 643–666.
Published: 01 August 2004
... to change its cultural norms regarding screen nudity was little more than one year. The Seduction of Telos “Anecdote,” Benjamin writes in the Arcades Project, “brings things closer to us in space, allows them to enter into our lives. Anecdote...