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A weak messianic power [electronic resource] : figures of a time to come in Benjamin, Derrida, and Celan / Michael G. Levine.

Author/Creator:
Levine, Michael G.
Publication:
New York : Fordham University Press, 2014.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (191 p.) : illustrations
Edition:
1st ed.
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Subjects:
Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940.
Derrida, Jacques.
Celan, Paul.
Messianism -- History.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
In his famous theses on the philosophy of history, Benjamin writes: “We have been endowed with a weak messianic power to which the past has a claim.” This claim addresses us not just from the past but from what will have belonged to it only as a missed possibility and unrealized potential. For Benajmin, as for Celan and Derrida, what has never been actualized remains with us, not as a lingering echo but as a secretly insistent appeal. Because such appeals do not pass through normal channels of communication, they require a special attunement, perhaps even a mode of unconscious receptivity. Levine examines the ways in which this attunement is cultivated in Benjamin’s philosophical, autobiographical, and photohistorical writings; Celan’s poetry and poetological addresses; and Derrida’s writings on Celan.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Figures
Acknowledgments
1. A Time to Come: Hunchbacked Theology, Post-Freudian Psychoanalysis, and Historical Materialism
2. The Day the Sun Stood Still: Benjamin’s Theses, Celan’s Realignments, Trauma, and the Eichmann Trial
3. Pendant: Celan, Büchner, and the Terrible Voice of the Meridian
4. On the Stroke of Circumcision I: Derrida, Celan, and the Covenant of the Word
5. On the Stroke of Circumcision II: Celan, Kafka, and the Wound in the Name
6. Poetry’s Demands and Abrahamic Sacrifi ce: Celan’s Poems for Eric
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
0-8232-5512-3
0-8232-5511-5
0-8232-6085-2
0-8232-5514-X
0-8232-5513-1
OCLC:
867741024
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9780823255139 doi