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Brent Steele, University of Kansas 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.

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

In Textual Conspiracies, James R.

Martel’s book employs the conspiratorial method itself, placing Benjamin in a constellation of a variety of thinkers and writers

Martel’s book employs the conspiratorial method itself, placing Benjamin in a constellation of a variety of thinkers and writers. For Benjamin, Baudelaire’s failed conspiracies create moments of misrecognition that expose the limits of representation (p. 36) and create opportunities for later conspirators to reconfigure, re-signify and re-constellate texts for other purposes (p. 55).

However, in keeping with Benjamin’s insistence that even he is complicit with the fetishism that he battles, Martel decentralizes Benjamin’s position as the key theorist for this conspiracy and contextualizes 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 García Lorca, and Frantz.

Published by: University of Michigan Press. InTextual Conspiracies,James R. Although this is a book on Benjaminian political conspiracy, it is true that in much of his work, Walter Benjamin seems to give short shrift to conspiracy as a strategy for resistance.

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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 fetishization 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 destabilizes 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 decentralizes Benjamin's position as the key theorist for this conspiracy and contextualizes 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 García Lorca, and Frantz Fanon and Assia Djebar.
Textual Conspiracies: Walter Benjamin, Idolatry, and Political Theory download epub
History & Criticism
Author: James Martel
ISBN: 0472117726
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: University of Michigan Press (July 20, 2011)
Pages: 318 pages