How does History Appear? Critical Aesthetics, Lessing through Benjamin

Beginning with Lessing's identification of the ambiguity of the "image," this course examines the ways in which materialist aesthetic and literary theory coincide with theories of experience and history. We focus in depth on four authors - Lessing, Diderot, Baudelaire, and Benjamin - whose critical and literary work alike departs from the proposition that aesthetic and historical experience do not transcend or subsume but rather depend upon and preserve encounters with the material.

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004076
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534