A Kind of Medusa

“Pervading Benjamin’s writing about history is an awareness of the all-too-human propensity to forget the past and in so doing to look away from the truth of oneself; to be fascinated by the image of a symbolic other that is free from all real conflicts, to be fixated by the ‘beauty’ of this image – actually a kind of Medusa – and fail to recognize one’s own face, the face of history, with all its marks of suffering and incompleteness.”

-‘Walter Benjamin’s Theory of Allegory’, Bainard Cowan

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