Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 October 2013

224 Pages | 2 b/w illustrations

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823255108

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A Weak Messianic Power

Figures of a Time to Come in Benjamin, Derrida, and Celan

Michael G. Levine

A Fordham University Press Publication

  • This elegantly and sensitively written book asks about missed encounters, secret lost past possibilities, and how four major twentieth-century writers maintain and dwell upon these figures of time.
  • The book is especially strong in tracing out the debt of a certain European vision of futurity, of a "time to come," to forms of Jewish messianism.
  • It is especially powerful as an elucidation and extension of Derrida's readings of Celan.