By Dr Piggott Gillian
Placing the works of Charles Dickens and Walter Benjamin in dialog with each other, Gillian Piggott argues that the 2 writers reveal a shared imaginative and prescient of modernity. Her research in their works exhibits that either writers reveal a diminished self belief within the ability to adventure fact or non secular that means in an more and more materialist international and that either occupy comparable positions in the direction of city modernity and its impression upon experience.
Piggott juxtaposes her exploration of Benjamin's principles on allegory and messianism with an exam of Dickens's The previous interest store, arguing that either writers proffer a depression imaginative and prescient of an international with out house and time for spiritual adventure, a scenario they go together with the onset of business capitalism. In Benjamin's The Arcades undertaking and Dickens's Sketches through Boz and story of 2 towns, between different works, the authors converge of their highly influential remedies of town as a domain of perambulation, creativity, reminiscence, and autobiography. whilst, either authors relate to the vertiginous, mutable, fast paced nature of urban lifestyles as concerning a concomitant switch within the constitution of expertise, an alteration that may be understood as a discount within the skill to adventure totally. Piggott's persuasive analyses let a analyzing of Dickens as a part of a eu, quite a German, culture of thinkers and writers of industrialization and modernity. For either Dickens and Benjamin, fact looks merely in moments of revelation, in fragments of modernity.
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Dickens and Benjamin: Moments of Revelation, Fragments of Modernity (The Nineteenth Century Series) by Dr Piggott Gillian