Welcome to Narrativity @ a Standstill
Some notes on reading N@aS
Similarity between N@aS and The Arcades Project
The Limits of N@aS
Exposé One: Critical Failure
Exposé Two: Failure and Language
Exposé Three: Narrativity @ a Standstill
the term "failure"
The Starting Point
Brecht kills Lao-Tse
Quotation as Failure
Material Production of History
Citing without Quoting
Examining the Rungs
The Blotting Pad
Containing its own exegesis - or not.
presaging his own interpretation
Dialectics and Narrativity
Gave it up!
purity and beauty of failure
Missing the Point
Foci of a Dialectic
Method of This Website: Not Quite Literary Montage
An Early Draft
Allegory and Fetish
Collectors and Tactile Instincts
On The Tower of Babel
Eternal Recurrence and Phantasmagoria.
On "Boredom is the threshold to great deeds"
Flaneur and the Buyer
On "The Pit of Babel"
The Flash of the Image
image is dialectics at a standstill
Picasso's "Don Quixote"
Function of the Parable
Truth Separate from Signification
"Gestus" vs "Gesture"
a performative power
this substitution of effect for cause
that exegesis is a stratagem for the evasion of exegesis
Benjamin's letter as the inaugural moment
Self-recognition according to Fichte
Nietzsche, Language, metaphoricity
the void haunted by the penumbra of departed wisdom
the aura in the process of its decay
Auratic and Non-Auratic Art
the true character of life as a series of inassimilable and utterly meaningless shocks
a series of shock-like occurrences
life in the capitalist metropolis
a blotting pad to ink
rung by rung, according as chance would offer a narrow foothold
the highest degree the art of citing without quotation marks
Benjamin's interpretative text repeats Kafka's gesture
Benjamin (re)produces these gestures through the act of citation
the meaning lies in the unfolding itself
translation exists in a more "exalted' state
a failure of the original
a series of "cross-illuminations."
The most insatiable people
In the forest
a conversation between Lao-Tse and his disciple Kafka
His starting point is the parable
whether it is possible to build, write, interpret
the impossibility of finishing
Benjamin's theory of translation
a sense of responsibility and a sense of relie
the metaphysical concept of truth separate from the mechanism of signification
the deficiency of Kafka's parables explicity as their failure to transmit truth
Adorno and repudiation
the binary structures in which the particular discloses or illustrates the truth.
Kafka's strategic use of failure
the materials used in building a house
Fragments and Benjamin's Method
The Green Dragon
Alexander the Great
Leopards in the Temple
Give it up!
the purity and beauty of a failure
products of its decay
he sacrificed truth for the sake of clinging to its transmissibility
a sickness of tradition
Kafka listened to tradition
If one says that he perceived what was to come
The experience which corresponds to that of Kafka, the private individual
an ellipse with foci that are far apart and are determined
two ways to miss the point of Kafka's works
he did not found a religion
his parables are never exhausted by what is explainable
The word "unfolding" has a double meaning
the gesture remains the decisive thing
Method of this project: literary montage
Kafka's entire work constitutes a code of gestures
plenty of hope
the accusation is [not] sinful
The allegorist is, as it were, the polar opposite of the collector
Allegory and the fetish character of the commodity
Collectors are beings with tactile instincts
what writers say
In the idea of eternal recurrence, the historicism of the nineteenth century capsizes
Boredom is the threshold to great deeds
Phantasmagoria and Mythic Anguish
The Flaneur and the Marketplace
On "On Parables"
The Tower of Babel
The Pit of Babel
An image that emerges suddenly, in a flash
The law of his journey
The Truth About Sancho Panza
The exemplary function of the traditional parable
The concept of truth distinct and separate from the process of signification
Samolsky, Russell. "Metaleptic Machines: Kafka, Kabbalah, Shoah."
Gray, Richard T. "Suggestive Metaphor: Kafka's Aphorism and the Crisis of Communication"
Politzer, Heinz. "'Give It Up!' A Discourse on Method"
Deleuze, Gilles and Guattari, Felix. "What is a Minor Literature?"
Tiedemann, Rolf. "Dialectics at a Standstill"
Benjamin, Walter. Illuminations
Benjamin, Walter. Reflections
Oksiloff, Assenka. Narratives of Modernism
Kafka, Franz. The Complete Stories and Parables
Jennings, Michael. "Between Allegory and Aura"
Ziarek, Ewa. "The Beauty of Failure"
Benjamin, Walter. The Arcades Project
Parable and Context
Parable as Language
Naming the Parable