1887

n Acta Academica - Reason and madness : reading Walter Benjamin and Anselm Kiefer through Albrecht Dürer's

Volume 35, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0587-2405

Abstract

<b>Rede en waansin: die lees van Walter Benjamin en Anselm Kiefer deur Albrecht Dürer se <I>Melencolia I</I></b> <br><I>Melencolia I&lt;/I&gt; (1514), die bekende gravure van Albrecht Dürer, word in die artikel voorgestel as 'n allegoriese beeld met oog op die lees van die allegorieteorie van Walter Benjamin en die allegoriese skilderye van Anselm Kiefer. Die oogmerk is enersyds om iets van die allegoriese wederkerigheid tussen die visuele en die verbale te demonstreer: allegorie transponeer woorde dikwels tot suiwer visuele verskynsels, visuele beelde word omgekeerd as skriftuur vir ontsyfering aangebied. Andersyds word allegorie in die artikel beskou as 'n vorm van, of strategie verwant aan die selfrefleksiewe, interdiskursiewe praktyk wat Mieke Bal "ongerymde geskiedenis" noem. Weens die besondere aandag aan die wederkerigheid van melankolie en allegorie bring die ondersoek lees in verband met die kompleksiteit van herinnering of sublieme eties-teologiese <I>anamnesis</I>.

In this study I propose to appropriate Albrecht Dürer's well-known engraving from 1514, <I>Melencolia I</I>, as an allegorical image through which to read both Walter Benjamin's theory of allegory and Anselm Kiefer's allegorical paintings. On the one hand, my aim will be to demonstrate the reciprocity which allegory proposes between the visual and the verbal: in allegory, words are often transposed into purely visual phenomena, while visual images are offered as script to be deciphered. On the other hand, I shall enact a reading of allegory as a figure for, or strategy akin to, the self-reflexive, interdiscursive practice which Mieke Bal calls "preposterous history". In paying special attention to the bidirectionality of melancholia and allegory I shall also relate reading to the complexity of recollection or sublime ethico-theological <I>anamnesis</I>.

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