Textual Conspiracies: Walter Benjamin, Idolatry, and Political Theory

Textual Conspiracies: Walter Benjamin, Idolatry, and Political Theory

By: James Martel (author)Paperback

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In Textual Conspiracies, James R. Martel applies the literary, theological, and philosophical insights of Walter Benjamin to the question of politics and the predicament of the contemporary left. Through the lens of Benjamin's theories, as influenced by Kafka, of the fetishisation of political symbols and signs, Martel looks at the ways in which various political and literary texts "speak" to each other across the gulf of time and space, thereby creating a "textual conspiracy" that destabilises grand narratives of power and authority and makes the narratives of alternative political communities more apparent. However, in keeping with Benjamin's insistence that even he is complicit with the fetishism that he battles, Martel decentralises Benjamin's position as the key theorist for this conspiracy and contextualises Benjamin in what he calls a "constellation" of pairs of thinkers and writers throughout history, including Alexis de Tocqueville and Edgar Allen Poe, Hannah Arendt and Federico Garcia Lorca, and Frantz Fanon and Assia Djebar.

About Author

James R. Martel is Associate Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University, USA.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780472035229
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 318
  • ID: 9780472035229
  • ISBN10: 0472035223

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