Rag-and-Bone Angel: The Angelus Novus in Charles Bernstein‘s Shadowtime

  title={Rag-and-Bone Angel: The Angelus Novus in Charles Bernstein‘s Shadowtime},
  author={M. Busk},
  journal={Journal of Modern Literature},
  pages={1 - 15}
  • M. Busk
  • Published 2014
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Modern Literature
When analyzing Walter Benjamin’s oeuvre, and perhaps in particular his “Theses on the Philosophy of History,” many commentators have pointed out the apparently irreconcilable strains of dialectical materialism and Jewish Messianism in his thought. In Charles Bernstein’s libretto to the opera Shadowtime, which focuses on the last night of Benjamin’s life, Bernstein wrestles with these competing worldviews poetically. While Bernstein does not attempt to reconcile Benjamin’s idiosyncratic thought… Expand


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