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Messianic Journalism? Benjamin and Scholem Read <i>Die Fackel</i>

in The Anti-Journalist

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780226709703
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226709727 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226709727.003.0005
Messianic Journalism? Benjamin and Scholem Read Die Fackel

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This chapter examines Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem's interpretations of Karl Kraus' journalism. It highlights Benjamin's use of dramatic phrases and superlative forms in his essays on Kraus and Scholem's portrayal of Kraus as a “messianic movement of language.” This chapter argues that Benjamin's and Scholem's readings of Kraus powerfully underscore how complex the discourse linking journalistic writing and Jewishness could be, and also how much it mattered during the turbulent war and Weimar years.

Keywords: Karl Kraus; journalism; Walter Benjamin; Gershom Scholem; journalistic writing; Jewishness

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