Constellation: Friedrich Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin in the Now-Time of History

Constellation: Friedrich Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin in the Now-Time of History

By: James McFarland (author)Hardback

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Constellation is the first extended exploration of the relationship between Walter Benjamin, the Weimar-era revolutionary cultural critic, and the radical philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The affinity between these noncontemporaneous thinkers serves as a limit case manifesting the precariousness and potentials of cultural transmission in a disillusioned present. In five chapters, Constellation presents the changing figure of Nietzsche as Benjamin encountered him: an inspiration to his student activism, an authority for his skeptical philology, a manifestation of his philosophical nihilism, a companion in his political exile, and ultimately a subversive collaborator in his efforts to think beyond the hopeless temporality-new and always the same-of the present moment in history.

About Author

James McFarland is Assistant Professor of German Studies at Vanderbilt University.


Preface vii Abbreviations xiii A Note on Citations xvii Introduction: Walter Benjamin, Friedrich Nietzsche 1 The Forster House 1-Affinity 4-Excelsior! 9 1. Mortal Youth 16 A Youthful Facies 16-The Friend 33-Conversation 43- Heinle 49-Abstand 59 2. Presentation 67 Philology 67-Tragedy 74-Hamlet 83-Socrates 89- Silence 93 3. Inscription 103 Pseudomenon 103-Untimeliness 113-Muri 130- "We Philologists" 143-Asyndeton 155 4. Collaboration 167 Shadow 167-Wanderer 174-Correspondence 180- Demon 190-Caesura 198 5. Mad Maturity 208 "Born posthumously" 208-Conspiracy 219- Eternal Return 227-Gluck 237-Now-Time 241 Conclusion: Friedrich Nietzsche, Walter Benjamin 249 Transcendental Medicine 249-The Pawnshop 255- The End of All Things 258 Notes 263 Bibliography 301 Index 311

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  • ISBN13: 9780823245369
  • Format: Hardback, Other Formats
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9780823245369
  • ISBN10: 0823245365

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