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Aufklärerische Metaphysik. Walter Benjamin zu Nikolaj Lesskov und Johann Peter Hebel

Michael Eggers
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Walter Benjamin's essay “Der Erzähler” has often been interpreted within literary or media history, but not in terms of the short stories upon which Benjamin draws to illustrate his theoretical remarks on narration as a cultural phenomenon up to the nineteenth century. How do Benjamin's hypotheses hold up against the original short stories of Lesskov and Hebel? Following a discussion of this question, Benjamin's remarks concerning natural history, the figure of the “just,” and the notion of “experience” are related to the terminology of his much earlier philosophical texts, such as “Zur Kritik der Gewalt.” The implicit morality of the short stories finds its most distinct literary expression in acoustical images; it has both a progressive and a metaphysical dimension, just like Benjamin's theoretical thinking.

Online erschienen: 2008-09-01
Erschienen im Druck: 2008-August

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