Physical Redemption: Psychophysics, Messianism, and the Origins of Kracauer’s Theory of Film

Siegfried Kracauer’s Theory of Film (1960) represents a monumental achievement in the history of film theory and a milestone in Kracauer’s own career. At the work’s core, Kracauer proposes that film can “redeem” reality by revealing otherwise unknown aspects of the material world. As this paper argues, the notion of “redemption” invoked by the work draws …

Unvermeidliches Schicksal? Alcoholism, Mathematics, and Heredity in Theodor Storm’s ‘Der Herr Etatsrath’ (1881)

Ludwig Büchner’s popular-scientific treatise “Die Macht der Vererbung” and Theodor Storm’s novella “Der Herr Etatsrath” serendipitously appeared in consecutive issues of Westermann’s illustrierte deutsche Monatshefte between June and August 1881. For Büchner, the numerous talents

The Dialectics of Otherness: Siegfried Kracauer’s Figurations of the Jew, Judaism, and Jewishness

There are many sides to Siegfried Kracauer – the film theorist, sociologist, and friend to and mentor of many members of the Frankfurt School. One of these sides that has remained largely untheorized is Kracauer’s relationship to…

Digital Humanities as Translation: Visualizing Franz Rosenzweig’s Archive

This article consists of a theoretical framework for and a demonstration of the process of visualizing the finding aid to Franz Rosenzweig’s archive at the University of Kassel, which contains metadata describing documents and letters pertaining to the German-Jewish philosopher, pedagogue, and translator. Its main contention is …

After Language as Such: Gershom Scholem, Werner Kraft, and the Question of Mathematics

This article investigates a forgotten essay contest proposed by Gershom Scholem to Werner Kraft in the wake of Walter Benjamin’s seminal text “On Language as Such and On the Language of Man” (1916). Intent on completing Benjamin’s language essay …