Between Urban Topographies and Political Spaces

Between Urban Topographies and Political Spaces : Threshold Experiences

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The term "threshold" captures the overlapping of inside and outside-well beyond the logic of inclusion and exclusion that still prevails in Western civilization-that can be decisive for the way we understand the relationship between Self and Other. This book discusses the cultural and social "border areas" of modernity, which are to be understood not so much as "zones" in a territorial sense, but rather as "spaces in between," where different languages and cultures more

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  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 20mm | 479.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739188356
  • 9780739188354

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The refreshingly transdisciplinary essays in this timely volume make an impressive case for the Benjaminian concept of threshold experiences as a key paradigm for the 21st century. Ranging from European cultural and philosophical heritage to its political reality, they encourage us to embrace the complementarity in opposites. -- Ingo Cornils, University of Leeds The threshold has long been recognized as a central organizing concept and figure in the work of Walter Benjamin and in the broad array of work in the humanities influenced by him. Between Urban Topographies and Political Spaces represents an important contribution to our understanding of this problem. Its essays focus on a number of key issues within the broader topic of space and liminality, emphasizing not just the physical spaces explored by Benjamin himself (Naples, Paris), but the threshhold spaces between genres, disciplines, concepts, and the sexes. A particularly intriguing opening section intervenes in contemporary debates on the idea of Europe, using Benjamin's ideas as a launch pad-and hammer. This volume is a signal scholarly achievement. -- Michael W. Jennings, Princeton Universityshow more

About Dr. Fabio Vighi

Alexis Nuselovici (Nouss) is professor of comparative literature at the University of Aix-Marseille. His most recent books are Plaidoyer pour un monde metis and Paul Celan. Les lieux d'un deplacement. Mauro Ponzi is professor of German literature at the University of Rome. Among his publications are Klassische Moderne. Un paradigma del Novecento and Arte e natura: imitazione e simulazione. Fabio Vighi teaches critical theory and European cinema at Cardiff University. Among his publications are On Zizek's Dialectics and Critical Theory and Film more

Table of contents

Table of Contents Introduction Part I: Thresholds 1. Bernhard Waldenfels, Threshold Experiences 2. Alexis Nuselovici, Europe, from Threshold to Threshold 3. Massimo Dona, The Singing of the Sirens 4. Felix Duque, The European Membrane Part II: Spaces in between 5. Mauro Ponzi, Naples as Topography of Spaces in Between: Walter Benjamin and the Threshold between Old and New 6. Pietro Montani, Feeling Obliged: Ethics and Aesthetics of Intermediate Spaces 7. Fabio Vighi, Between the Two Deaths: the Real as Threshold 8. Dario Gentili, Paris Topographies of Capitalism: the Nineteenth-Century Metropolis 9. Gabriele Guerra, "But the Dioscuri": Between Labyrinth and Temple: Walter Benjamin's Topographies Part III: Heterotopies 10. Vittoria Borso, On the Threshold between Visibility and Sayability: the Event of Visuality in the Materiality of the Image 11. Elettra Stimilli, The Threshold between Debt and Guilt 12. Irene Kajon, The Biblical Metaphor of the Threshold in Rosenzweig and Kafka 13. Wolfgang Muller-Funk, The Sphinx as a Threshold Figure: about the Limits between the Sexes 14. Elio Matassi, Trauerspiel and Opera in Walter Benjamin Works Cited Index About the contributorsshow more

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