Body- And Image-Space: Re-Reading Walter Benjamin Sigrid Weigel

ISBN: 9786610066711

Published: September 19th 1996

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Body- And Image-Space: Re-Reading Walter Benjamin  by  Sigrid Weigel

Body- And Image-Space: Re-Reading Walter Benjamin by Sigrid Weigel
September 19th 1996 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | | ISBN: 9786610066711 | 8.47 Mb

The last decade has seen renewed interest among philosophers and theorists in the writings of Walter Benjamin. In Body-and Image-Space Sigrid Weigel, one of Germanys leading feminist theorists and a renowned commentator on the work of WalterMoreThe last decade has seen renewed interest among philosophers and theorists in the writings of Walter Benjamin.

In Body-and Image-Space Sigrid Weigel, one of Germanys leading feminist theorists and a renowned commentator on the work of Walter Benjamin, argues that the reception of his work has so far overlooked a crucial aspect of his thought - his use of images.

Weigel shows that it is precisely his practice of thinking in images that holds the key to understanding the full complexity, richness and topicality of Benjamins theory. Bilddenken, or thinking in images, and its relation to the body, the first material of human existence, are central to Benjamins work. This approach, Weigel argues, resembles psychoanalytical modes of observation and she suggests that there also are affinities between Benjamins thought and contemporary French theory, notably the work of Foucault and Kristeva.

Focusing on those parallels, the author demonstrates the productivity of Benjamins theoretical approach for contemporary gender studies, cultural theory and philosophy.- At the same time, her reading also reestablishes the buried links between early critical theory and post-structura between German high modernism and French postmodernist theory.

Body-and Image-Space will be invaluable to anyone interested in gender theory, post-structuralism, cultural anthropology and philosophy.



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