Rethinking Nostalgia

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  • Title: Rethinking Nostalgia: Commodification Theory in Terms of the Allegory versus Symbol Debate
  • Author(s): Mike Tadashi Sugimoto
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Common Ground Open
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review
  • Keywords: Aesthetics, Walter Benjamin, Modernity, Georg Lukács, Postmodernism
  • Volume: 16
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2018
  • ISSN: 1447-9508 (Print)
  • ISSN: 1447-9559 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/1447-9508/CGP/v16i01/11-24
  • Citation: Sugimoto, Mike Tadashi. 2018. "Rethinking Nostalgia: Commodification Theory in Terms of the Allegory versus Symbol Debate." The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review 16 (1): 11-24. doi:10.18848/1447-9508/CGP/v16i01/11-24.
  • Extent: 14 pages

Abstract

This article reappraises commodification theory in light of literary-aesthetic categories, specifically, allegory vs symbol, as analyzed in Walter Benjamin’s criticism on German drama. As a larger framework of a modernity critique, the symbolic theory of Georg Lukács is read against the allegorical, critical impulse of Walter Benjamin.