The Dialectic of Electricity: Kenneth Fearing, Walter Benjamin, and a Marxist Aesthetic

@article{Mills2007TheDO,
  title={The Dialectic of Electricity: Kenneth Fearing, Walter Benjamin, and a Marxist Aesthetic},
  author={Nathaniel Mills},
  journal={Journal of Modern Literature},
  year={2007},
  volume={30},
  pages={17 - 41}
}
This essay reads Kenneth Fearing's Depression-era poetry as an innovative body of Marxist verse, one that attempts to craft an aesthetic reaction of shock and disorientation in the reader. In order to explicate the use-value of aesthetic shock to a Marxist politics concerned with anti-capitalist praxis, it draws on Susan Buck-Morss's interpretation of Walter Benjamin, an interpretation that focuses on the latter's theorization of aesthetic sensation in the modern period. Because the modern… Expand
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