A Weak Messianic Power
Figures of a Time to Come in Benjamin, Derrida, and Celan
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
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Many people and institutions have helped me as I worked on this book, and I want here to express my gratitude and appreciation. I would fi rst like to acknowledge the support of my wonderful colleagues in German at Rutgers: Nicola Behrmann, Fatima Naqvi, Nicholas Rennie, and particularly Martha Helfer. I have been fortunate to work with students like Gabriela Belorio, ...
A Time to Come: Hunchbacked Theology, Post-FreudianPsychoanalysis, and Historical Materialism
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Redemption depends on the tiny fi ssures in the continuous catastrophe.There is often in writing a secret place around which thoughts—around which what is less than, not yet, and perhaps never to be thought—may gather. Walter Benjamin alludes to such a place in an April 1940 letter to his friend and confi dante Gretel Adorno. Referring to the thoughts that ...
The Day the Sun Stood Still: Benjamin’s Theses, Celan’sRealignments, Trauma, and the Eichmann Trial
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Even the most sensitive and persuasive readings of Benjamin’s much-discussed last, unfi nished text, his untitled theses on the philosophy of his-tory, fail to focus suffi ciently on a number of its key stylistic traits and its status within the body of his work as yet another in a series of meditations on the genre of “the last will and testament.”1 Perhaps the most defi nitive ...
Pendant: Celan, Büchner, and the Terrible Voice of the Meridian
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Pendant: Celan, Büchner, and the Terrible Voice of the MeridianIn his 1960 Meridian address, delivered on the occasion of receiving the Büchner Prize for Literature, the poet Paul Celan pinpoints a central orga-nizing moment in the work of the nineteenth-century writer and dramatist in whose name the award was given. While winners of the Büchner prize ...
On the Stroke of Circumcision I: Derrida, Celan,and the Covenant of the Word
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Derrida’s “Shibboleth: For Paul Celan” is the revised text of a lecture he de-livered in Seattle on October 14, 1984. Divided into seven sections marked by roman numerals, it begins: “Only one time [Une seule fois]: circumcision takes place only once [n’a lieu qu’une fois].”1 Broaching the topic of circum-cision and with it the related questions of its place and taking place in the ...
On the Stroke of Circumcision II: Celan, Kafka,and the Wound in the Name
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The name “Rabbi Löw” is associated in Jewish tradition with a creative practice based on a certain performance of the divine Name. Invoking this practice, Celan’s poem no doubt draws attention to its own creation. Yet if “TO ONE WHO STOOD BEFORE THE DOOR” is a poem about poetry, about its own singular performance, it is poetry no longer viewed as poesis—that ...
Poetry’s Demands and Abrahamic Sacrifi ce:Celan’s Poems for Eric
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In the spring and summer of 1968 Paul Celan addressed a number of po-ems to his son Eric, the second of his sons and the only one still alive. His fi rst, François, had died shortly after birth in October 1953 and, as noted in Chapter 4, his passing is commemorated in the poem “Grabschrift für François” (“Epitaph for François”), which was published in the 1955 col-...
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...1. a time to come: hunchbacked theology, post-freudian psychoanalysis, 1. Walter Benjamin, Gesammelte Schriften, eds. Rolf Tiedemann und Hermann Schweppenhäuser, vol. 1.3 (Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1972), 1226. Trans-lation mine. Henceforth, all references to the Gesammelte Schriften will appear in parentheses in the body of the text as GS followed by volume and page number...
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Agamben, Georgio. “The Messiah and the Sovereign: The Problem of Law in Walter Benjamin.” In Potentialities, trans. Daniel Heller-Roazen. Stanford: Adorno, Theodor W. “A Portrait of Walter Benjamin.” In Prisms, trans. Samuel Anisfeld, Leon and Arnold D. Richards. “The Replacement Child: Variations on a Theme in Individual and Collective History and Psychoanalysis.” Psycho-...
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Illustrations: 2 b/w
Publication Year: 2013