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The Way Things GoAn Essay on the Matter of Second Modernism$
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Aaron Jaffe

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692019

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692019.001.0001

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Lost and Found

Lost and Found

(p.52) Lost and Found
The Way Things Go

Aaron Jaffe

University of Minnesota Press

Props are staged property: in them are revealed the preconditions of now dominant “patterns of production, consumption, and ownership.” This chapter cites Walter Benjamin’s recourse to props: literal props, particularly his discussion on staged objects in The Origin of German Tragic Drama; rhetorical props, the stakes of a certain rhetorical placement of the proper status of names against the proper status of things; and theoretical props, which refers to the dimensions of an expanded concept of props. It also cites Plato’s Cratylus in explaining the concept of Cratylism, which maintains the ideal of a fundamental fabrication of proper names and naming the properties of things accordingly.

Keywords:   props, staged objects, The Origin of German Tragic Drama, Walter Benjamin, Cratylism, Cratylus, Plato

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