A note on the image:

background image: Pablo Picasso's "Guitar". See Museum of Modern Art's page on this painting here.

framing image: This is an edited copy of "Guitar."

Benjamin's 

Theory of Quotation


Volume I of Walter Benjamin Selected Writings. The theory of simply collecting quotations--creating a constellation of meaning by picking through scholarly refuse....

Connect literary fragment--or passage--to material costs of book production--with hypermedia, we are no longer limited by our resources to a certain number of pages--thus, quotation can be supplanted by the dissemination of libraries in completed form. How does this change scholarship--when the entire text becomes available...what does it do to the role of the critic? As s/he is no longer the one with access to the texts--as all texts become available to everyone all the time. What effect will this have on scholars' credibility? relevance?  

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