Twentieth Century Heterotaxies: from Benjamin’s Apple to Celan’s Snow-meal

Maletta, Rosalba; Università Degli Studi Di Milano
This work analyses the contribution of Walter Benjamin and Paul Celan to the deconstruction of the idealized image of European civilization. Their production as German Jewish writers testifies of a view of creative processes able to unmask prejudices based on ontological assumptions resulting in the denial of pivotal ethical questions. The “snapshot-aesthetic” of Benjamin’s childhood in prewar Berlin - before the Nazi seized power in 1933 - confront us with the voice of Infans in...