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The Stelliferous FoldToward a Virtual Law of Literature's Self-Formation$
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Rodolphe Gasché

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234349

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234349.001.0001

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The Deepening of Apperception: On Walter Benjamin's Theory of Film

The Deepening of Apperception: On Walter Benjamin's Theory of Film

(p.298) Chapter 12: The Deepening of Apperception: On Walter Benjamin's Theory of Film
The Stelliferous Fold

Rodolphe Gasché

Fordham University Press

In spite of his continuous interest in film, Benjamin did not do for film what he did for photography, that is, compose a little history of the new medium. Perhaps he thought that, after writing the little History of Photography essay of 1931, the principles for such a history had been outlined, and that it would have been redundant to do such an analysis of film. In any case, one can assume that the mist covering the beginning of photography is denser than the one that obscures the origins of film. This chapter attempts to investigate the changes in perception that come with the technologies of photography and film, and the progressive evacuation of the sacred and the auratic from art, continues the elucidation of the theological implications of Benjamin's criticism. The ultimate aim of this chapter is to answer the question of the status of literary criticism in the age of reproducibility.

Keywords:   film, photography, little history, art, Benjamin's criticism

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