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Damian Walford Davies

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781784991418

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526107077

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Introduction: Counterfactual Romanticism

Introduction: Counterfactual Romanticism

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Counterfactual Romanticism

Damian Walford Davies

Manchester University Press

Walter Benjamin’s great, final crisis-document of early 1940, the twenty numbered paragraphs comprising his ‘Theses on the Philosophy of History’, offers a cryptic critique of historicism, specifically of the determinism, continuum mentality and narrative of progress articulated by Marxist historical materialism. The document’s most creative and conceptually troubling moment is the ekphrastic angelology provided in the ninth thesis, in which Benjamin famously offers an interpretation of Paul Klee’s watercolour, ...

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