nently exempliï¬ed in his writings on Bertolt Brecht and the other in the work of art essayâare both reï¬ected in The Arcades Project. I shall refer, provisionally, to the ï¬rst of these attitudes as âânegative,ââ and to the second as ââpositive,ââ but it should be kept in mind that, especially in the case of the artwork essay and The Arcades, the notion of distraction operates in a peculiarly slippery manner, such as very likely makes this one of the more elusive of Benjaminian topoi. It is at its slipperiest where it bears on the theory of montage. The âânegativeââ view of distraction is enunciated in Benjaminâs discussion of Brechtâs epic theater in two pieces from the early thirties: the magazine article ââTheater and Radio,ââ from 1932, and the famous (possibly undelivered) lecture from 1934, ââThe Author as Producer.ââ In both texts Benjamin distinguishes epic theater from the big-city ââtheater of convention,ââ which, in its complementary functions of cultivation and distraction, Bildung and Zerstreuung (the latter might also be translated here as ââentertainmentââ), caters to a ââsated class,ââ as he says, ââfor which everything it touches becomes a stimulant.ââ 2 In the epic theater, on the other hand, a
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