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Benjamin's -abilities

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ISBN 9780674046061

Publication Date: 04/10/2010

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376 pages

5-11/16 x 8-15/16 inches


  • List of Abbreviations
  • I. Benjamin’s -abilities
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Prehistory: Kant, Hölderlin—et cetera
    • 3. Criticizability—Calculability
    • 4. Impart-ability: Language as Medium
    • 5. Translatability I: Following (Nachfolge)
    • 6. Translatability II: Afterlife
    • 7. Citability—of Gesture
    • 8. Ability and Style
    • 9. An Afterlife of -abilities: Derrida
  • II. Legibilities
    • 10. Genealogy of Modernity: History, Myth, and Allegory in Benjamin’s Origin of the German Mourning Play
    • 11. Awakening
    • 12. Taking Exception to Decision: Walter Benjamin and Carl Schmitt
    • 13. Violence and Gesture: Agamben Reading Benjamin Reading Kafka Reading Cervantes…
    • 14. Song and Glance: Walter Benjamin’s Secret Names (zugewandtunverwandt)
    • 15. “Streets, Squares, Theaters”: A City on the Move—Walter Benjamin’s Paris
    • 16. God and the Devil—in Detail
    • 17. Closing the Net: “Capitalism as Religion” (Benjamin)
    • 18. The Ring as Trauerspiel: Reading Wagner with Benjamin and Derrida
    • 19. Reading Benjamin
    • 20. “Seagulls”
  • Appendix. Walter Benjamin’s “Seagulls”: A Translation
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2009
  • An Artforum Best Book of 2008
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