Walter Benjamin, Religion, and Aesthetics is an innovative attempt to reconceive the key concepts of religious studies through a reading with, and against, Walter Benjamin. Brent Plate deftly sifts through Benjamin's voluminous writings showing how his concepts of art, allegory, and experience undo traditional religious concepts such as myth, symbol, memory, narrative, creation, and redemption. Recasting religion as religious practice, as process and movement, Plate locates a Benjaminian materialist aesthetics, what the author calls an "allegorical aesthetics," in order to uncover sources and establish a new locus for the study of religion. Placing the concept of an allegorical aesthetics into practice, Plate offers examinations of aesthetic productions such as Daniel Libeskind's architecture and Marcel Duchamp's ready-mades alongside religious developments such as the Hindu Bhakti movement and Jewish Kabbalistic thought. Walter Benjamin, Religion, and Aesthetics will be necessary reading for those interested in religion and the arts, aesthetics, and material culture.
|Keywords||Aesthetics Religious aspects Arts and religion|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$87.63 new (38% off) $109.65 used (22% off) $140.00 direct from Amazon Amazon page|
|Call number||B3209.B584.P53 2005|
|ISBN(s)||0415969913 9780415969918 0203997735 9780203997734|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Communicative Reason and Religion: The Case of Habermas.Pieter Duvenage - 2010 - Sophia 49 (3):343-357.
Perspectives in Education, Religion, and the Arts.Howard Evans Kiefer & Milton Karl Munitz (eds.) - 1970 - Albany, State University of New York Press.
The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures.Nicholas Wade - 2009 - Penguin Press.
Recovering Religious Concepts: Closing Epistemic Divides.D. Z. Phillips - 2000 - St. Martin's Press.
The Early Frankfurt School and Religion.Margarete Kohlenbach & Raymond Geuss (eds.) - 2005 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads18 ( #271,884 of 2,172,024 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #325,967 of 2,172,024 )
How can I increase my downloads?