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Difference and OrientationAn Alexander Kluge Reader$
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Alexander Kluge and Richard Langston

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501739200

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501739200.001.0001

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The Function of the Distorted Angle in the Destructive Intention

The Function of the Distorted Angle in the Destructive Intention

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Difference and Orientation

Alexander Kluge

, Richard Langston
Cornell University Press

This chapter explores the dialogue between Gertrud Koch and Alexander Kluge wherein they talked about Theodor W. Adorno's and Walter Benjamin's influence on Kluge's work. What really attracts Kluge to Benjamin is that he possesses several personalities of thought and several forms of production all at once. Meanwhile, Adorno is immune to the idea that people actually possess linguistic mastery. Adorno relied heavily on Romanticization with respect to his dreams, but rejected Romanticization out of principle just as he did the tyranny of melody in music. What Kluge finds wonderful about Adorno is how he is able to disregard the fact that he thinks in the first-person singular. Kluge then describes how he met Adorno at the inaugural lecture by Prof. Dr. Harald Patzer.

Keywords:   Gertrud Koch, Alexander Kluge, Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, thought, production, linguistic mastery, Romanticization

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