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Messianic Thought Outside Theology


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Introduction: Saving Hope, The Wager of Messianism Anna Glazova and Paul North Part I: Critiques of Messianic Thought 1. Of Theory, Aesthetics, and Politics: Configuring the Messianic in Early Twentieth-Century Europe Lisa Anderson 2. On the Price of Messianism: The Intellectual Rift between Gershom Scholem and Jacob Taubes Thomas Macho 3. Impure Inheritances: Spectral Materiality in Derrida and Marx Nicole Pepperell 4. Agamben Messianic: The Slightest of Differences David Ferris 5. Messianic Language and the Idea of Prose. Benjamin and Agamben Vivian Liska Part II: Inverted Messianism 6. The Demand for an End: Kant and the Negative Conception of History Catharine Diehl 7. Migrations of the Bohemian Joshua Wilner 8. Paul Celan's Improper Names Anna Glazova 9. "When Christianity Is Finally Over": Images of a Messianic Politics in Heine and Benjamin Peter Fenves Part III: Negating the Messiah 10. The Crisis of the Messianic Claim: Scholem, Benjamin, Baudelaire Oleg Gelikmann 11. Messiahs and Principles Paul North 12. Messianic Not Werner Hamacher Notes Bibliography List of Contributors Index

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Explores the use of messianism in 20th century literary and cultural theory.

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Anna Glazova is Max Kade Visiting Researcher at Rutgers University. Paul North is Associate Professor of German at Yale University.


"The individual essays in Messianic Thought wonderfully cohere into a true collection, in which a tradition of continental thought from Kant and Benjamin to Derrida and Agamben unfolds and gains new contours; one will want to read it as a whole and not just for the isolated piece."-Paul Fleming, Cornell University "This book will change the transdisciplinary field of messianic thought in the most provocative and challenging ways imaginable."-Thomas Schestag, Brown University

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