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PARENTE, Alessandra Affortunati Martins. The writing of Moses and monotheism as political gesture: a benjaminian reading. Ide (São Paulo) [online]. 2017, vol.39, n.63, pp. 217-233. ISSN 0101-3106.

Freud's writing of Moses and Monotheism takes place between 1934 and 1938, an extremely tense period of time in Europe, which encompasses the conquest of power by Adolf Hitler and the 1938 Anschluss. In this article, the writing of Moses and Monotheism is viewed as a political gesture which takes place within a Jetztzeit (Benjamin, 1940). That is, the hypothesis at work is that some events which took place shortly before and shortly after the Anschluss have resurrected certain of Freud's memory traces - his Jewishness and the way he conceives of identity, or as we seek to demonstrate, the non-identity of a people - that are deeply interwoven with issues relevant to a broader European scenario - Nazi-fascism, which culminates in World War II. To put it more precisely: the hypothesis at work is that, in the writing of Moses and Monotheism, Freud acted in a manner consistent with Benjamin's historical materialist, as depicted in his 1940 work On the concept of history. Proof of this hypothesis can be found in the style of Freud's writing in this specific text, as well as in its content.

Keywords : Writing; Temporality; Moses; Walter Benjamin; Freud.

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