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Comparative Studies of Social and Cultural Diversity III

Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project
This course will focus primarily on Walter Benjamin’s unfinished opus, The Arcades Project [Das Passagen-Werk]. We will think about The Arcades Project from the perspective of citation as a compositional principle. While studying citation as an art of montage, we will ask why such a fragmentary, discontinuous mode of construction seemed to Benjamin to be the most appropriate way to address the subject of the Paris arcades. Considered by him to be the most important architectural form of the 19th century, the arcades served as a focal point for his thinking about modern life. Through it, he brought together material on technological innovation, fashion, urban planning, the flâneur, prostitution and gambling, Marxist theories of phantasmagoria and commodity fetishism, Baudelaire and the streets of Paris, boredom, the press and tempo of modern life, urban dreams and utopian socialism.

In addition to The Arcades Project and other writings by Benjamin from the 1930s, we will examine short texts on architectural history; literary and journalistic work by Kraus, Aragon, Poe, and Baudelaire; and critical texts on the poetics of citation by Perloff, Sieburth, Rolleston, and others. All readings will be in English.

Books to be purchased:
Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project
Charles Baudelaire, The Painter of Modern Life
Sigmund Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle
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31D350-0222A
Comparative Studies of Social and Cultural Diversity III
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A1 A2
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講義使用言語
英語
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2
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授業計画
Week One Course Introduction Week Two Introduction: “These notes devoted to the arcades…” - Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project (N1, 5) pp. E457-8; G571 - Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, “Paris, the Capital of the 19th C” (Exposé of 1935) - Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, “Paris, the Capital of the 19th C” (Exposé of 1939) Week Three Arcades: Commodity Fetishism and the History of a Building Type - Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, Convolute A: Arcades, Magasins de Nouveauté, Sales Clerks - T.J. Clark, “Reservations of the Marvelous: The Arcades Project” - Johann Friedrich Geist, Arcades: The History of a Building Type Week Four Citation and Montage as Compositional Principles - Richard Sieburth, “Benjamin the Scrivener” - Marjorie Perloff, “Phantasmagorias of the Marketplace: Citational Poetics in Walter Benjamin” - James L. Rolleston, “The Politics of Quotation: Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project” Recommended: - Graham Lyons, “Citation as Explanation: Walter Benjamin and Louis Zukofsky, Colporteurs” - Alexander Gelley, “Epigones in the House of Language: Benjamin on Kraus” Week Five Fashion and Social Allegory - Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, Convolute B: Fashion - Peter Wollen, “The Concept of Fashion in The Arcades Project” - Charles Baudelaire, The Painter of Modern Life Week Six The Task of the Materialist Historian - Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, Convolute N: On the Theory of Knowledge, Theory of Progress - Walter Benjamin, “Concept of History” - Werner Hamacher, “’Now’: Benjamin on Historical Time” in Heidrun Friese, The Moment: Time and Rupture in Modern Thought (might be in Benjamin and History) Week Seven The Task of the Materialist Historian (cont.) - Walter Benjamin, “A Little History of Photography” - Irving Wohlfarth, “Et Cetera? The Historian as Chiffonier” - Michael Levine, “The Day the Sun Stood Still: Benjamin’s Theses, Trauma and the Eichmann Trial” - Susan Buck-Morss, The Dialectics of Seeing: Walter Benjamin and The Arcades Project (selections) Week Eight Boredom, Idleness, and the Flâneur - Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, Convolutes D, M, P, m - Susan Buck-Morss, “The Flâneur, the Sandwichman and the Whore: The Politics of Loitering” Week Nine A Spectral Crowd of Words - Walter Benjamin, “On Some Motifs in Baudelaire” - Edgar Allan Poe, “Man of the Crowd” - Sigmund Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle - Michael Levine, “En garde! Benjamin’s Baudelaire and the Training of Shock Defense” Week Ten The Sex Appeal of the Inorganic - Walter Benjamin, “The Paris of the Second Empire in Baudelaire” - Barbara Johnson, “Passage Work” in Mother Tongues: Sexuality, Trials, Motherhood, Translation Week Eleven Cavities, Excavations, and the Paris Underground - Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, Convolutes C, I - Martin Harries, “Homo Alludens: Marx’s Eighteenth Brumaire” Week Twelve Prostitution and Gambling - Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, Convolute O - Charles Bernheimer, “Prostitution in the Novel” in Denis Holliers, A New History of French Literature - Eric Downing, “Divining Benjamin: Reading Fate, Graphology, Gambling” Week Thirteen Dream House, Dream City, Dreams of the Future - Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, Convolutes K, L, W - Elissa Marder, “Walter Benjamin’s Dream of Happiness” Week Fourteen Benjamin’s Critique of Violence and the Messianic - Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, *N 7a, 7 - Walter Benjamin, “Critique of Violence” - Judith Butler, “Critique, Coercion and Sacred Life in Benjamin’s ‘Critique of Violence’” - Gerhard Richter, “Benjamin’s Blotting Paper: Writing and Erasing a Theological Figure of Thought” Week Fifteen Phantasmagoria, Mirrors, and the Commune - Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, Convolute R - Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, Convolute E, k
授業の方法
The class will be run in a seminar-style format with one student each week responsible for presenting that session's readings. Students may expect to present three to four times during the course of the semester, depending on the number of participants in the class. At the end of the semester students will be asked to write an essay on a topic of their choosing related to some aspect of the Arcades Project.
成績評価方法
Grades will be based on class participation, presentations, and a final paper.
教科書
Books to be purchased: Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project Charles Baudelaire, The Painter of Modern Life Sigmund Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle
参考書
See above.
履修上の注意
No auditing permitted.