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A Weak Messianic Power

Figures of a Time to Come in Benjamin, Derrida, and Celan
  • By Michael G. Levine
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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.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9780823255115
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780823255115
    • Publication Date: 10/01/2013
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Michael G. Levine
    • Page Count: 224
    • Width: 5.90 inches
    • Height: 0.60 inches
    • Length: 8.90 inches
    • Weight: 0.60 pounds
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