Friday, 2 July 2010

Verweile doch, du bist so schön*

[…T]he bourgeoisie no longer dares to look in the eye the order of production that has set itself in motion. The idea of [Nietzsche's] Zarathustra of eternal recurrence and the motto embroidered on the pillow covers - "Just a quarter hour more" - are complementary.

Benjamin notes similarly that the 'phantasmagoria' of Baudelaire's reve parisian "reminds one of the world expositions in which the bourgeoisie calls out to the order of property and production: Stay awhile. You are so lovely!

Susan Buck Morss The Dialectics of Seeing p 283

The phantasmagoria of "
Rêve parisien" recalls that of the world exhibitions, where the bourgeoisie cried out to the order of property and production their " Abide, you are so fair!"

[J71,7] p355 The Arcades Project

*The phrase is Goethe's from Faust.

Stay, thou art so fair! To prolong the instant forever…
Faust's lust for knowledge is limitless and he makes a contract with Mephistopheles: he will die at the moment he declares himself satisfied,

"Werd' ich zum Augenblicke sagen:
Verweile doch! du bist so schön!
Dann magst du mich in Fesseln schlagen,
dann will ich gern zugrunde gehn!"

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