The Logic of Afterness
This book explores the concept of “afterness” as a privileged trope and experiential category of modernity in a variety of iterations and modulations. More specifically, it analyzes certain structural and conceptual features of afterness that traverse the spectral reverberations of any act of following. Taking its point of departure from Walter Benjamin’s own preoccupation with the concept of Nachleben (living on, living after, surviving, afterlife, or following) in modernity, the book illuminates the notion that in the realms of aesthetics, politics, experience, media, and speculative thinking, modernity can be understood as a question of the after. Through a series of close readings of writers such as Benjamin, Martin Heidegger, and Jean-François Lyotard, it argues that much hinges on our interpretation of the after. It also considers how the figure of afterness sheds new light on discourses of religion and secularization in modernity.
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