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CONSTELLATION AS ASSOCIATION: AFFFECT, THE BODY AND THE COMMUNITY IN WALTER BENJAMIN'S TEXTS FROM 1920-1930

Title
CONSTELLATION AS ASSOCIATION: AFFFECT, THE BODY AND THE COMMUNITY IN WALTER BENJAMIN'S TEXTS FROM 1920-1930
Author
이창남
Keywords
constellation; Benjamin; affect; body; community
Issue Date
2013-07
Publisher
DE BOECK UNIVERSITE, FOND JEAN-PAQUES 4,, B-1348 LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE, BELGIUM
Citation
SOCIETES, Vol.120, No.2 [2013], p137-145
Abstract
Benjamin’s essays, written in the 1920s and 1930s, contain a number of representations of deformed bodies, such as a hunchbacked dwarf, deformed animals, etc. These figures reveal the discrepancy between the secular and the divine. In terms of modern social associations, they problematize isolated affects and the body in modern sociality. In this paper, we review Benjamin’s writings from this perspective. We especially reinterpret Benjamin’s concept of the “constellation” as an alternative principle for the formation of social groups and focus on his critical stance on the problem of modern social relations and groupings. Highlighting the actual meaning of the constellation, we suggest ways to understand the concept, as was Benjamin’s intention, and form new, antimodern associations.
URI
https://www.cairn-int.info/article-E_SOC_120_0137--the-constellation-as-association-the.htmhttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11754/45341
ISSN
0765-3697
DOI
10.3917/soc.120.0137
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