By Alexander Gelley
The “passages” will not be simply the Paris arcades: They refer additionally to Benjamin’s attempt to barter the labyrinth of his paintings and inspiration. Gelley works via a lot of Benjamin’s later works and examines vital serious questions: the interaction of aesthetics and politics, the style of The Arcades venture, quotation, language, messianism, air of secrecy, and the motifs of reminiscence, the group, and awakening.
For Benjamin, reminiscence is not just antiquarian; it capabilities as a solicitation, a choice to a collectivity to return. Gelley reads this name within the motif of awakening, which conveys a professional yet the most important performative goal of Benjamin’s undertaking.
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Benjamin's Passages: Dreaming, Awakening by Alexander Gelley