Walter Benjamin’s Conception of Montage and Politics of the Image as Non-Systematic Critical Method
The focal point of the dissertation project is Walter Benjamin’s conception of montage. The term’s unique status within Benjamin’s work results from the double role of montage as both a philosophical concept and a literary method for his own writing. Beyond the delineation of Benjamin’s singular montage theory, this project seeks to highlight Benjamin’s role not only as a literary and arts critic, but also as philosophical ›monteur‹ who constructs his texts from the ›refuse of history‹. It will furthermore interrogate the manners in which the flourishing of montage practice and theory in Weimar Germany and the USSR informed Benjamin’s philosophy of history, literature and art.