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Benjamin's LibraryModernity, Nation, and the Baroque$
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Jane O. Newman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801476594

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801476594.001.0001

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Baroque Legacies: National Socialism’s Benjamin

(p.185) Conclusion
Benjamin's Library

Jane O. Newman

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter discusses a particularly uncanny afterlife for Benjamin's Baroque in National Socialism. This post-Benjaminian version of the Baroque resonates uneasily with some of the same issues that he addresses in the Tragic Drama, namely the ability of “works,” both literal Baroque texts and the ideas associated with them, to play a role in arguments about modernity and the nation. Yet the invocation of Benjamin in direct association with the political and social movement of National Socialism, which might well be said to have caused his death, nevertheless reveals a great deal about the importance of taking periodization claims seriously whenever they occur.

Keywords:   National Socialism, Benjamin's Baroque, post-Benjaminian Baroque, modernity, National Socialist Benjamin

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