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Guest Editor’s Introduction: Benjamin’s Travel

Guest Editor’s Introduction: Benjamin’s Travel Briankle G. Chang Hear more to those voices! Always I am hearing them . . . privily. — James Joyce, Finnegans Wake Introduction Walter Benjamin has been in vogue for some time. Not only has his name been invoked across areas once little associated with his thinking but pas- sages from his texts have also been liberally cited to add weight to ideas that can be presented clearly and with equal force without them. In view of Benjamin’s being in vogue, ensured by the adulation of his works across disciplines, it seems as if everyone is trying so hard to think like him that he will soon appear to have thought like everyone else. Enabled as much by his own genius as by his admiring readers, what one can justiably call the “Benjamin phenomenon” will continue to thrive beyond the widening circles of perspective taking and interpretation, his name, the person, and the ideas attributed to them kept alive as they continue to resonate in a cir- positions :  ./- Copyright  by Duke University Press Downloaded from https://read.dukeupress.edu/positions/article-pdf/26/1/1/519286/0260001.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 22 August 2019 positions 26:1 February 2018 2 culation that few other critical thinkers http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png positions Duke University Press

Guest Editor’s Introduction: Benjamin’s Travel

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1067-9847
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Briankle G. Chang Hear more to those voices! Always I am hearing them . . . privily. — James Joyce, Finnegans Wake Introduction Walter Benjamin has been in vogue for some time. Not only has his name been invoked across areas once little associated with his thinking but pas- sages from his texts have also been liberally cited to add weight to ideas that can be presented clearly and with equal force without them. In view of Benjamin’s being in vogue, ensured by the adulation of his works across disciplines, it seems as if everyone is trying so hard to think like him that he will soon appear to have thought like everyone else. Enabled as much by his own genius as by his admiring readers, what one can justiably call the “Benjamin phenomenon” will continue to thrive beyond the widening circles of perspective taking and interpretation, his name, the person, and the ideas attributed to them kept alive as they continue to resonate in a cir- positions :  ./- Copyright  by Duke University Press Downloaded from https://read.dukeupress.edu/positions/article-pdf/26/1/1/519286/0260001.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 22 August 2019 positions 26:1 February 2018 2 culation that few other critical thinkers

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Published: Feb 1, 2018

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