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

Rodolphe Gasché

in The Stelliferous Fold

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234349
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241279 | DOI:
The Deepening of Apperception: On Walter Benjamin's Theory of Film

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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

Chapter.  5470 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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