Stone, steel, glass: Constructions of time within European modernity

Stone, steel, glass: Constructions of time within European modernity

Christina Lynne Svendsen


The epistemological and philosophical energy of Walter Benjamin's "dialectical photograph at a standstill" comes from the truth that it crosses summary idea with visible photos or perhaps fabric items. My dissertation seeks to take this system of Benjamin's heavily through the use of structure because the fabric substance opposed to which to learn his philosophical account of modernity. He defined the Arcades undertaking Adorno as a undertaking in Geschichtsphilosophie, even if superficially his convolutes need to do with mundane gadgets from the 19th century reminiscent of catacombs, arcades, mirrors, ironwork, and paintings Nouveau. despite the fact that, Geschichtsphilosophie refers not just to the learn of the earlier, yet extra commonly to a philosophy of time in its human scope.

I have selected 4 development typologies that act as types for the hot information of time within the 20th century. My research opens with chronologically layered constructions, reading those constructions as types for submerged, forgotten, unofficial, or subconscious stories. even though, modernity is a time of tension over rupture with the prior. My moment bankruptcy accordingly investigates wakeful reminiscence: modem monuments that conscientiously designed websites for the experiential transmission of historical past. in the meantime, modernity additionally incites us to overlook -- to develop into emancipated from the prior. My 3rd bankruptcy explores the attraction of glass: a synthetic substance that's beautiful since it is so delicate and tough that it really is approximately most unlikely to depart an enduring hint on it. besides the fact that, the glass home is not only releasing yet disorienting. in contrast, unexpected catastrophic ruins, the focal point of my ultimate bankruptcy, embed the viewer within the complete net of fourth-dimensional time, earlier and destiny unexpected ruins are frequently elided within the traditional Romantic discourse, which relates ruins to the previous and sluggish erosion. against this, my examine indicates that surprising ruins holiday open a fissure that may show a glimpse of a destiny formerly incredible in response to routine methods of predicting or making plans it. certainly they've got a "weak prophetic power" in an earthly age; they attach us to posterity and make seen a bigger and extra significant temporal context for our lives than just the current.

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