Dickens and Benjamin: Moments of Revelation, Fragments of by Gillian Piggott

By Gillian Piggott

putting the works of Charles Dickens and Walter Benjamin in dialog with each other, Gillian Piggott argues that the 2 writers demonstrate a shared imaginative and prescient of modernity. Her research in their works indicates that either writers display a diminished self assurance within the skill to adventure fact or non secular which means in an more and more materialist international and that either occupy comparable positions in the direction of city modernity and its influence upon adventure. Piggott juxtaposes her exploration of Benjamin's rules on allegory and messianism with an exam of Dickens's The previous interest store, arguing that either writers proffer a depression imaginative and prescient of an international with out house and time for non secular adventure, a situation they go together with the onset of business capitalism. In Benjamin's The Arcades venture and Dickens's Sketches by way of Boz and story of 2 towns, between different works, the authors converge of their highly influential remedies of the town as a website of perambulation, creativity, reminiscence, and autobiography. while, either authors relate to the vertiginous, mutable, fast moving nature of urban existence as concerning a concomitant swap within the constitution of expertise, an alteration that may be understood as a discount within the means to event absolutely. Piggott's persuasive analyses permit a examining of Dickens as a part of a eu, relatively a German, culture of thinkers and writers of industrialization and modernity. For either Dickens and Benjamin, fact appears to be like simply in moments of revelation, in fragments of modernity.

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