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 show a shared imaginative and prescient of modernity. Her research in their works exhibits that either writers exhibit a diminished self assurance within the skill to event fact or non secular which means in an more and more materialist global and that either occupy related positions in the direction of city modernity and its impression upon experience.
Piggott juxtaposes her exploration of Benjamin's rules on allegory and messianism with an exam of Dickens's The outdated interest store, arguing that either writers proffer a depression imaginative and prescient of an international without house and time for non secular adventure, a scenario they go together with the onset of commercial capitalism. In Benjamin's The Arcades undertaking and Dickens's Sketches by means of Boz and story of 2 towns, between different works, the authors converge of their highly influential remedies of the town as a website of perambulation, creativity, reminiscence, and autobiography. whilst, either authors relate to the vertiginous, mutable, fast moving nature of urban existence as concerning a concomitant swap within the constitution of expertise, an alteration that may be understood as a discount within the ability to event totally. Piggott's persuasive analyses permit a studying of Dickens as a part of a ecu, relatively a German, culture of thinkers and writers of industrialization and modernity. For either Dickens and Benjamin, fact appears to be like in basic terms 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