Walter Benjamin Selected Writings 2 : 1927-1934 - Benjamin, Walter

Walter Benjamin Selected Writings 2 : 1927-1934

Walter Benjamin

Yayınevi: Harvard University Press

Yayın tarihi: 05/1999

ISBN: 9780674945869

Editör : Gary Smith HOWARD F. EILAND Marcus Bullock Michael W. Jennings

Ciltli | İngilizce | 870 Sayfa |

Tür: Genel Felsefe

In the frenzied final years of the Weimar Republic, amid economic collapse and mounting political catastrophe, Walter Benjamin emerged as the most original practicing literary critic and public intellectual in the German-speaking world. Volume 2 of the Selected Writings, covering the years 1927 to 1934, displays the full spectrum of Benjamin's achievements at this pivotal stage in his career. Previously concerned chiefly with literary theory, Benjamin during these years does pioneering work in new areas, from the study of popular culture (a discipline he virtually created) to theories of the media and the visual arts. His writings on the theory of modernity-most of them new to readers of English-develop ideas as important to an understanding of the twentieth century as any contained in his widely anthologized essay 'The Work of Art in the Age of Technological Reproducibility.' This volume brings together previously untranslated writings on major figures such as Brecht, Valéry, and Gide, and on subjects ranging from film, radio, and the novel to memory, kitsch, and the theory of language. We find the manifoldly inquisitive Benjamin musing on the new modes of perception opened up by techniques of photographic enlargement and cinematic montage, on the life and work of Goethe at Weimar, on the fascination of old toys and the mysteries of food, and on the allegorical significance of Mickey Mouse. Also included are several of Benjamin's most entertaining radio scripts for a popular audience, as well as some rare and revealing glimpses into a fragmentary autobiography, in the form of diary entries, travel sketches, recollections, and personal meditations. Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) was theauthor of many works of literary and cultural analysis, including a landmark study of the arcades of nineteenth-century Paris (forthcoming from Harvard). The first volume of his Selected Writings has been published by Harvard.

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