The use of messianism in 20th century literary and cultural theory. The essays critique the claim that religious paradigms simply underlie secular thought. In specific, they problematize the renewal of metaphysics by means of messianic temporality, by exposing pitfalls and paradoxes in the messianic idea.
Anna Glazova is Max Kade Visiting Researcher at Rutgers University. Paul North is Associate Professor of German at Yale University.