Beyond Walter Benjamin's Paris and Kenneth Goldsmith's New York / Michael Hampton

KIVLAND, Sharon, ed. (2018). Beyond Walter Benjamin's Paris and Kenneth Goldsmith's New York / Michael Hampton. The Good Reader, 6 . London, MA BIBLIOTHÈQUE.

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Abstract

Why in our globalised twenty-first century the idea of a world capital city is passé. This essay examines the hypotheses promoted by Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project and Kenneth Goldsmith’s response Capital: New York, capital of the 20th century, that Paris was the unofficial world capital city of the twentieth century—a mantle inherited by New York—and declares the model unfit for purpose in the twenty-first. Despite an apparent recrudescence of the nation state, the capital city as power base looks increasingly like a tribal relic, as digital technology rewires humans and our shared fate is thrown into stark relief by one ecological disaster after another. With the inexorable spread of the urban, pockets of sustainable business practice and hipster lifestyles suggest global capitalism is mutating from the inside, lured by the promise of an acephalic future. Between Walter Benjamin's Paris and Kenneth Goldsmith's New York is the sixth book in The Good Reader series. THE GOOD READER is a series of booklets published by MA BIBLIOTHÈQUE. THE GOOD READER addresses reading, as both virtue and duty. The editor invites authors she considers to be good readers. She agrees with Nabokov that a good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader, is a re-reader.

Item Type: Edited Book
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
Departments: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Art and Design
Depositing User: Sharon Kivland
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2018 11:01
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2018 08:11
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/21354

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