Bloomsbury Research Lecture: Walter Benjamin and the Two Angels

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Venue: Keynes Library, School of Arts (43 Gordon Square)
Booking details: No booking required

The state of mind called melancholy played a major role in Walter Benjamin’s life as well as his writings.

In separate studies of two key art works depicting angels—Albrecht Dürer’s 1514 engraving Melencolia I and Paul Klee’s 1920 watercolor Angelus Novus, which he owned— Benjamin connects melancholy with the act of contemplation and the formal device of allegory, creating his own allegories in the process.

Victoria Nelson has written two award-winning critical works, The Secret Life of Puppets and Gothicka, both published by Harvard; two books of stories; and a memoir.

This postgraduate lecture is organised by the Department of English and Humanities and is open to research students in the School of Arts.