Marco Manotta

The Angel and the Storm: Benjamin and the Figural Time of Eros

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Walter Benjamin states that time’s linearity collapses in the constellation of Jetztzeit. However, past is acknowledged and addressed by means of the dialectical image, as also happens in erotic experiences. Through the anagogic approach granted by the figural interpretation of history it is possible to make sense of the present as the realization of a past event. While establishing an intermittent dialogue with Auerbach, Benjamin therefore presents a hermeneutic perspective which is embodied in Paul Klee’s enigmatic angel figure. The presence of Dante’s Inferno, Canto V, can also be detected in the background.


  • Benjamin
  • Figure
  • Eros
  • Dialectical Image
  • Jetztzeit
  • Dante


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