Walter Benjamin's Transit : A Destructive Tour of Modernism (Hardcover)

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Description: WALTER BENJAMIN?S TRANSIT is a work in two halves. The first,part 1,entitled ?Mapping Desire: Towards a Minor Fascism? applies the lens of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari?s philosophy to the critical writings of to the critical writings of Walter Benjamin,the latter devised amid and atmosphere of emergent fascism in Europe between two World Wars. Decleuze and Guattari lend crucial insight into the understanding of Benjamin?s corpus, based on their privotal understanding of fascism, which considers not only ?historical fascism the fascism of Mussolini and Hitler ?which was able to mobilize and use the desire of the masses so effectively?but also the fascism in all of us, in our heads and in our everyday behaviour, the fascism that causes us to love power,to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us? .The second half of the book, provides Professor Polsky with an opportunity to discuss Benjamin?s critic and contemporary Martin Heidegger and is entitled, ?Total War: Competing Myth Systems? . In it nothing short of a war is discussed and the research shows two mythic systems comprised of Benjamin and Heidigger respectively doggedly commited to the task of encoding meaning into the operations of a ever successful fascism. In the early 1930s,both men expressed an acute awareness of the more discrete movements within National Socialism; in particular its ability to shape the popular masses through various spectacles of speech, music and gesture.This research monograph is self consciously defined against the veritable industry that has sprung up under the rubric of ?Benjamin Studies?. Unlike other research projects it is not an attempt to set the record straight on Benjamin?s writings ,nor is it to become his closest reader, nor to become his most loyal biographer. This work respresents something radically different to those approaches. This monograph is an attempt to work with Benjamin to devise a set of philosophical and political coordinates viable for the current thinking of contemporary fascism. It is a study,a meditation, at the margins of Benjamin?s project , an activity that concerns itself with extending the parameters of understanding and of thinking that Benjamin left for us as a kind of intellectual schema. In carrying out this research Dr Polsky does not seek to recondition him for purposes of historicisation but rather to discover his contributions to a thinking of fascism and a broader totalitarian mental set ( such as ?Moscow Journal?). Drawing on the critical apparatus of Deleuze and Guattari, Polsky maps out the singularities of a life, Benjamin?s life, and the currents of German fascism that traverse it.

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Publisher Academica Pr Llc
Mfg Part# 9781933146737
SKU 211232503
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1933146737
Release Date 6/1/2010

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