In: KulturPoetik 2006, Heft 2


Christian J. Emden


Konzepte ästhetischer Hybridität bei Alejo Carpentier




This article examines the function of archaeological figures of thought within Walter Benjamin’s practice of cultural history. While the importance of such figures in his writings has not gone unnoticed, it is remarkable that they are generally seen against the background of psychoanalysis and critical theory. In contrast, I shall argue that Benjamin practices historische Kulturwissenschaft as an archaeology of modernity. It is in this respect that Benjamin’s critical enterprise often crosses paths with the respective projects of Aby Warburg and Georg Simmel. Archaeology, then, allows Benjamin to investigate the historical depth of the modern social imaginary beyond psychoanalysis and critical theory.