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Reading Rooms: Architecture and Agency in the Houses of Michel de Montaigne and Nicholas Bacon

Reading Rooms: Architecture and Agency in the Houses of Michel de Montaigne and Nicholas Bacon Die Aufgaben, welche in geschichtlichen Wendezeiten dem menschlichen Wahrnehmungsapparat gestellt werden, sind auf dem Wege der bloßen Optik, also der Contemplation, gar nicht zu lösen. Sie werden allmählich nach Anleitung der taktischen Rezeption, durch Gewöhnung, bewältigt. (For the tasks which face the human apparatus of perception at the turning points of history cannot be solved by optical means, that is, by contemplation alone. They are mastered gradually by habit, under the guidance of tactile appropriation.) —Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” S STUDIES OF SPACE AND PLACE take their positions in the field of cultural studies, practitioners must recall the warning of Henri Lefebvre in his Production of Space that we should not confuse metaphors of space with its production and its experience. While space has long been tied to our understanding of what it means to think and to remember, the imagined construction of space is not the same as experiencing its material reality in lived time. In the epigraph above, Walter Benjamin proleptically proposes one possible corrective movement to Lefebvre’s concerns. Benjamin observes that as the aesthetic “aura” which sacralizes its objects by distancing their viewers begins to fade, there http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Comparative Literature Duke University Press

Reading Rooms: Architecture and Agency in the Houses of Michel de Montaigne and Nicholas Bacon

Comparative Literature , Volume 56 (2) – Jan 1, 2004

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2004 by University of Oregon
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Abstract

Die Aufgaben, welche in geschichtlichen Wendezeiten dem menschlichen Wahrnehmungsapparat gestellt werden, sind auf dem Wege der bloßen Optik, also der Contemplation, gar nicht zu lösen. Sie werden allmählich nach Anleitung der taktischen Rezeption, durch Gewöhnung, bewältigt. (For the tasks which face the human apparatus of perception at the turning points of history cannot be solved by optical means, that is, by contemplation alone. They are mastered gradually by habit, under the guidance of tactile appropriation.) —Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” S STUDIES OF SPACE AND PLACE take their positions in the field of cultural studies, practitioners must recall the warning of Henri Lefebvre in his Production of Space that we should not confuse metaphors of space with its production and its experience. While space has long been tied to our understanding of what it means to think and to remember, the imagined construction of space is not the same as experiencing its material reality in lived time. In the epigraph above, Walter Benjamin proleptically proposes one possible corrective movement to Lefebvre’s concerns. Benjamin observes that as the aesthetic “aura” which sacralizes its objects by distancing their viewers begins to fade, there

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Comparative LiteratureDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2004

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