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Perverse History: Fetishism and Dialectic in Walter Benjamin

Perverse History: Fetishism and Dialectic in Walter Benjamin 51 Perverse History: Fetishism and Dialectic in Walter Benjamin REBECCA COMAY University of Toronto .... this project-whose method may be compared to the splitting of an atom-releases the prodigious historical energy which is bonded in the "once upon a time" of classical historical narrative. - Passagenwerk From Melancholia to Fetishism Is it possible to acknowledge loss without thereby surreptitiously disavowing it? For both cultural and historical reasons, melancholia-the subject's unap- peasable attachment to an ungrievable loss-would seem to have a peculiar resonance today. It might indeed be tempting to see in the stubbornness of the melancholic passion-the "loyalty to things"-a certain ethical dimension: the refusal to perform the mourning work of symbolic mediation would seem to involve the encrypting of alterity within the interiority of the subject, which would as such divest itself of its very interiority or self-containment. Freud's "open wound"' would, on this reading, be the site of an originary traumatic extimacy-the subject's own opening to an infinite responsibility. Buried alive within the vault of a self fractured by the persistence of what cannot be metab- olized, the lost object would assert its continued claim on those still alive. Melancholia would articulate this claim. Its tenacity http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Perverse History: Fetishism and Dialectic in Walter Benjamin

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 29 (1): 51 – Jan 1, 1999

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51 Perverse History: Fetishism and Dialectic in Walter Benjamin REBECCA COMAY University of Toronto .... this project-whose method may be compared to the splitting of an atom-releases the prodigious historical energy which is bonded in the "once upon a time" of classical historical narrative. - Passagenwerk From Melancholia to Fetishism Is it possible to acknowledge loss without thereby surreptitiously disavowing it? For both cultural and historical reasons, melancholia-the subject's unap- peasable attachment to an ungrievable loss-would seem to have a peculiar resonance today. It might indeed be tempting to see in the stubbornness of the melancholic passion-the "loyalty to things"-a certain ethical dimension: the refusal to perform the mourning work of symbolic mediation would seem to involve the encrypting of alterity within the interiority of the subject, which would as such divest itself of its very interiority or self-containment. Freud's "open wound"' would, on this reading, be the site of an originary traumatic extimacy-the subject's own opening to an infinite responsibility. Buried alive within the vault of a self fractured by the persistence of what cannot be metab- olized, the lost object would assert its continued claim on those still alive. Melancholia would articulate this claim. Its tenacity

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Published: Jan 1, 1999

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