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Pornschlegel, Clemens (2021): Proletarische Allegorese. Zum Verhältnis von Poesie, Religion und Arbeit bei Simone Weil und Charles Baudelaire. In: Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte, Vol. 95, No. 4: pp. 397-421

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Abstract

On the basis of two texts by Simone Weil and Charles Baudelaire, the article examines the religious signature of literary and political modernity in the 19th and 20th centuries. This signature manifests itself in a genuinely allegorical understanding of language and the world, which is directed against the bad infinity of a techno-scientifically reified worldview insulating itself against any experience of alterity. In literary modernity, religious concepts and figures are not to be categorized a priori as inauthentic speech, but demand an unprejudiced reading that does not exclude theological questions. Walter Benjamin's reading of Baudelaire bears witness to this.

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