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on Benjamin's ‘-abilities’

on Benjamin's ‘-abilities’ medium in ways that were not previous- ly available to them. It has also called into question some of the most power- fully entrenched conceptual polarities that have traditionally informed literary Samuel Weber studies, and aesthetics more generally: namely, form/content, ½ction/reality, author/audience, genre/work. on Benjamin’s Much of this development, whose im- ‘-abilities’ mediate causes can be retraced to the impact of structuralist semiotics in the 1960s, was already at work long before Saussure’s notion of linguistic value as differential signi½cation was rediscov- ered by Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, and Jacques Lacan–to name just a few of those whose writings contributed to a new sense of textuality in general, and of literary textuality in particular. One of the most important tendencies One of the most prescient of their pre- to emerge in literary studies over the cursors was Walter Benjamin. Trained in past few decades has been the extension philosophy, literary studies, and art his- of its techniques–close reading, rhetor- tory, Benjamin articulated an approach ical textual analysis, and, more general- to the newer media of photography, ½lm, ly, analyzing and interpreting so-called and radio. These, in turn, have exercised signifying processes–to nonliterary ob- an increasing influence upon a variety http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Daedalus MIT Press

on Benjamin's ‘-abilities’

Daedalus , Volume 136 (2): 4 – Apr 1, 2007

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0011-5266
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1548-6192
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10.1162/daed.2007.136.2.138
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medium in ways that were not previous- ly available to them. It has also called into question some of the most power- fully entrenched conceptual polarities that have traditionally informed literary Samuel Weber studies, and aesthetics more generally: namely, form/content, ½ction/reality, author/audience, genre/work. on Benjamin’s Much of this development, whose im- ‘-abilities’ mediate causes can be retraced to the impact of structuralist semiotics in the 1960s, was already at work long before Saussure’s notion of linguistic value as differential signi½cation was rediscov- ered by Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, and Jacques Lacan–to name just a few of those whose writings contributed to a new sense of textuality in general, and of literary textuality in particular. One of the most important tendencies One of the most prescient of their pre- to emerge in literary studies over the cursors was Walter Benjamin. Trained in past few decades has been the extension philosophy, literary studies, and art his- of its techniques–close reading, rhetor- tory, Benjamin articulated an approach ical textual analysis, and, more general- to the newer media of photography, ½lm, ly, analyzing and interpreting so-called and radio. These, in turn, have exercised signifying processes–to nonliterary ob- an increasing influence upon a variety

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Published: Apr 1, 2007

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