Introduction - Desperately Seeking Authenticty: an Interdisciplinary Approach

Rune Graulund

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract

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
Pages9-12
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Fingerprint

Fold
Virtual Reality
Imitation
Works of Art
Plastic Surgery
Postmodernism
Walter Benjamin
Authenticity
Gene

Keywords

  • authenticity
  • English literature

Cite this

Graulund, R. (2010). Introduction - Desperately Seeking Authenticty: an Interdisciplinary Approach. In R. Graulund (Ed.), Desperately Seeking Authenticty: an Interdisciplinary Approach (pp. 9-12). Copenhagen.
Graulund, Rune. / Introduction - Desperately Seeking Authenticty: an Interdisciplinary Approach. Desperately Seeking Authenticty: an Interdisciplinary Approach. editor / Rune Graulund. Copenhagen, 2010. pp. 9-12
@inbook{fd34c475b647494d9c4e953f63a0e40b,
title = "Introduction - Desperately Seeking Authenticty: an Interdisciplinary Approach",
abstract = "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.",
keywords = "authenticity, English literature",
author = "Rune Graulund",
year = "2010",
language = "English",
isbn = "978-87993761-0-0",
pages = "9--12",
editor = "Rune Graulund",
booktitle = "Desperately Seeking Authenticty",

}

Graulund, R 2010, Introduction - Desperately Seeking Authenticty: an Interdisciplinary Approach. in R Graulund (ed.), Desperately Seeking Authenticty: an Interdisciplinary Approach. Copenhagen, pp. 9-12.

Introduction - Desperately Seeking Authenticty: an Interdisciplinary Approach. / Graulund, Rune.

Desperately Seeking Authenticty: an Interdisciplinary Approach. ed. / Rune Graulund. Copenhagen, 2010. p. 9-12.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

TY - CHAP

T1 - Introduction - Desperately Seeking Authenticty: an Interdisciplinary Approach

AU - Graulund, Rune

PY - 2010

Y1 - 2010

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - authenticity

KW - English literature

UR - http://www.eurodocsem.net/publications/Authenticity__web.pdf/

M3 - Chapter

SN - 978-87993761-0-0

SP - 9

EP - 12

BT - Desperately Seeking Authenticty

A2 - Graulund, Rune

CY - Copenhagen

ER -

Graulund R. Introduction - Desperately Seeking Authenticty: an Interdisciplinary Approach. In Graulund R, editor, Desperately Seeking Authenticty: an Interdisciplinary Approach. Copenhagen. 2010. p. 9-12