These are the words Eduardo Cadava situates as an epigraph to his remarkable new book, Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History. With an eye to. Focusing on Walter Benjamin’s discussions of the flashes and images of history, this book argues that the questions raised by this link between photography and . Words of Light has 32 ratings and 4 reviews. Here Eduardo Cadava demonstrates that Walter Benjamin articulates his conception of history through the lang.
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Focusing on Benjamin’s discussions of the flashes and images of history, he argues that the questions raised by this link between photography and history touch on issues that belong to the entire trajectory of his writings: The book establishes the photographic constellation of motifs and themes around which Benjamin organizes his texts and thereby becomes a lens through which we can begin to view his analysis of the convergence between the new technological media and a revolutionary concept of historical action and understanding.
Written in the form of theses–what Cadava calls “snapshots in prose”– the book memorializes Benjamin’s own thetic method of writing. It enacts a mode of conceiving history that is neither linear nor successive, but rather discontinuous–constructed from what Benjamin calls “dialectical images.
It gives us the most complete picture to date of Benjamin’s reflections on history. Paperbackpages.
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Cadava links Benjamin’s theory of history to the philosophy of photography. Especially great because he doesn’t bring Hegel or Lukacs into it at all.
It’s all about Nietzsche, Bergson, and Proust. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in Benjamin.
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