Fall 2006, 36:4, pages 449-469
Rhetorical Homologies in Walter Benjamin, The Ring, and Capital
Abstract: This article further develops a method of rhetorical homologies developed in some earlier work. A grand binary of the unique as opposed to copies is shown to underlie Walter Benjamin's classic essay "The Work of Art in an Age of Mechanical Reproduction" -people's experiences of capital as it relates to humanity- and popular experience of capital- and some recent texts in popular culture, principally the film The Ring. The homology occurring across those texts and experiences is manifested with different polarities of value so as to adapt to differing rhetorical needs.