Ink Play : Walter Benjamin's Chinese Curios

Gilloch, Graeme Peter and Kang, Jaeho (2016) Ink Play : Walter Benjamin's Chinese Curios. Sociétés : revue des sciences humaines et sociales, 2016 (1). pp. 119-130. ISSN 0765-3697

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In this paper, we explore two interconnected aspects of Walter Benjamin’s work which have hitherto received scant attention from scholars; the figure of the Chinese painter as an exemplary exponent of traditional art; and, Benjamin’s reflections on Chinese paintings as contained in his review of an exhibition held in Paris during 1937. We suggest that read in combination these reflections on Chinese artists and art provide a different and potentially interesting slant on familiar Benjaminian concepts like the “thought-image” (Denkbild) and the “dialectical image”. Indeed, we contend that the notion of “ink-play” might contribute to our understanding of the concept of modernité.

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Sociétés : revue des sciences humaines et sociales
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?? walter benjamincritical theory modernitydenkbilddemographysociology and political science ??
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