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Benjamin's Passages: Dreaming, Awakening

Alexander Gelley


In transposing the Freudian dream work from the individual subject to the collective, Walter Benjamin projected a “macroscosmic journey” of the individual sleeper to “the dreaming collective, which, through the arcades, communes with its own insides.” This book examines the figurative status of sleeping and awakening within the allegorical structure of The Arcades Project and in Benjamin’s thought more broadly. For Benjamin, memory is not antiquarian: it functions as a solicitation, a call to a collectivity to come. The motif of awakening involves a qualified but crucial performative intention ... More

Keywords: Paris, Arcades (French: passages), Messianism, Citation, Aesthetics, Historicism, The Nineteenth Century, Weimar Culture, Photography, Aura

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823262564
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823262564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Gelley, author
University of California, Irvine