The pampas of ennui

Being Leonardo Boiko's online Journal, featuring Long & Very Sporadic Essays on any Subject.

“In the age of mechanical reproduction” in the age of mechanical reproduction

09 December 2011

My dear readers will of course have heard of, if not read, Walter Benjamin’s influential essay, The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction—originally Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit, first translated to English (with that title) by Harry Zohn in Illuminations (1968). His title went on to become a successful academic snowclone. I was amused that someone nonchalantly named a section of the facsimile article in Wikipedia “Facsimiles in the age of mechanical reproduction”, & I decided to search for more (too lazy to link, but if you’re curious they’re just a web-search away):

  • Sound in the age of mechanical reproduction
  • Visual histories in the age of mechanical reproduction
  • Beethoven in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
  • The Fake Artwork in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
  • American Photography in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
  • Home Decorating in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
  • The Mother in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
  • Pedagogy in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
  • Closeness in the age of mechanical reproduction
  • Virginia Woolf in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
  • Brick in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
  • The ‘F’ Word in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
  • The Pulavar in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
  • Tsaricide in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

And so on. From another angle, The Work of Art in the Age of Non-Mechanical Reproduction; changing the NP to a VP, Rewriting Holiness in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.

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