Benjamin's essays, written in the 1920s-1930s, contain a number of representations of distorted bodies, for example, animals and a dwarf with hunched back. These figures reveal the discrepancy between the secular and the divine. In terms of modern social associations, they problematize isolated affects and the body in modern sociality. In this paper, we review Benjamin's writings from this perspective. We especially reinterpret Benjamin's concept of "constellation" as an alternative principle for the formation of social groups and focus on his critical perspective of the problem of modern social relations and groupings. Highlighting the actual meaning of the constellation, we suggest ways to understand the concept, as was Benjamin's vision, and form new and antimodern associations.
|Translated title of the contribution||The constellation as an association: Affect, body and community in the texts written in the 1920s-1930s by Walter Benjamin|
|Number of pages||9|
|State||Published - 2013 Jul 24|