“I DEVELOP A FLAME FOR THE BED”: WALTER BENJAMIN AND HÉLÈNE CIXOUS HERMAN RAPAPORT I now have in the house, in which, all unsuspecting, I have been writing for over forty years, Benjamin’s Bed. A Bed that’s escaped the most tragic of fates. —Hélène Cixous (2009) There also remains that exaltation that comes over me from not knowing what to do with all this, with the knowledge I have of your eyes, of the immensities your eyes explore, to the point of not knowing what to write, what to say, what to show of their pristine insigniﬁ cance. Of those things I only know this: that I have nothing to do now except suffer that exalta- tion about someone who once was here, someone who was not aware of being alive and whom I knew was alive, of someone who didn’t know how to live, as I was saying, and of myself who knew it and who didn’t know what to do with the knowledge, with that knowledge of the life he lived, and who didn’t know what to do with me either. —Marguerite Duras (1982) In her introduction to the collection of essays by Walter Benjamin entitled Illuminations,
symploke – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Nov 28, 2018
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