Introduction - Desperately Seeking Authenticty: an Interdisciplinary Approach

Rune Graulund

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Authenticity, we have been informed time and time again, should have died out
long ago. Possibly with Walter Benjamin’s ‘The Work of Art in the Age of
Mechanical Reproduction’ (1936), but certainly with postmodernism and
digitalization, gene technology, plastic surgery and virtual reality; what was felt with
some regret by Benjamin three quarters of a century ago has been lamented a
thousand fold over the past couple of decades. As the twentieth century neared its
close, great minds repeatedly informed us that instead of simply reproducing the
real through reproduction, ‘the real’ was now fabricated from scratch. The real had
become a creation rather than a reproduction, no longer dependent on the
imitation of an authentic original, but capable of producing closed and selfreferential systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesperately Seeking Authenticty
Subtitle of host publicationan Interdisciplinary Approach
EditorsRune Graulund
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • authenticity
  • English literature

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