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"To great writers," Walter Benjamin once wrote, "finished works weigh lighter than those fragments on which they labor their entire lives." Conceived in Paris in 1927 and still in progress when Benjamin fled the Occupation in 1940, The Arcades Project (in German, Das Passagen-Werk) is a monumental ruin, meticulously constructed over the course of thirteen years--"the theater," as Benjamin called it, "of all my struggles and all my ideas."

Focusing on the arcades of nineteenth-century Paris-glass-roofed rows of shops that were early centers of consumerism--Benjamin presents a montage of quotations from, and reflections on, hundreds of published sources, arranging them in thirty-six categories with descriptive rubrics such as "Fashion," "Boredom," "Dream City," "Photography," "Catacombs," "Advertising," "Prostitution," "Baudelaire," and "Theory of Progress." His central preoccupation is what he calls the commodification of things--a process in which he locates the decisive shift to the modern age.

The Arcades Project is Benjamin's effort to represent and to critique the bourgeois experience of nineteenth-century history, and, in so doing, to liberate the suppressed "true history" that underlay the ideological mask. In the bustling, cluttered arcades, street and interior merge and historical time is broken up into kaleidoscopic distractions and displays of ephemera. Here, at a distance from what is normally meant by "progress," Benjamin finds the lost time(s) embedded in the spaces of things.

Synopsis:

Conceived in Paris in 1927 and still in progress when Benjamin fled the Occupation in 1940, The Arcades Project is Benjamin's effort to represent and to critique the bourgeois experience of nineteenth-century history, and, in so doing, to liberate the suppressed "true history" that underlay the ideological mask. Preoccupied with the commodification of things and focusing on the arcades of nineteenth-century Paris--glass-roofed rows of shops that were early centers of consumerism--Benjamin presents a montage of quotations from, and reflections on, hundreds of published sources, arranging them in thirty-six categories with descriptive rubrics such as "Fashion," "Boredom," "Catacombs," "Prostitution," and "Theory of Progress."

About the Author

Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) was the author of many works of literary and cultural analysis.Howard Eiland teaches literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Kevin McLaughlin is Assistant Professor of English at Brown University and the author of Writing in Parts: Imitation and Exchange in Nineteenth-Century Literature.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Table of Contents

Translators' Foreword

Exposés

"Paris, the Capital of the Nineteenth Century" (1935)

"Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century" (1939)

Convolutes

Overview

First Sketches

Early Drafts

"Arcades"

"The Arcades of Paris"

"The Ring of Saturn"

Addenda

Exposé of 1935, Early Version

Materials for the Exposé of 1935

Materials for "Arcades"

"Dialectics at a Standstill," by Rolf Tiedemann

"The Story of Old Benjamin," by Lisa Fittko

Translators' Notes

Guide to Names and Terms

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674008021
Translator:
Eiland, Howard
Translator:
McLaughlin, Kevin
Translator:
Eiland, Howard
Editor:
Tiedemann, Rolf
Author:
Eiland, Howard
Author:
Tiedemann, Roy
Author:
Benjamin, Walter
Author:
Tiedemann, Rolf
Author:
McLaughlin, Kevin
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
German
Subject:
France
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Paris
Subject:
European - German
Subject:
World History-France
Subject:
HISTORY / Europe/General
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
bk. 25.
Publication Date:
March 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
42 halftones
Pages:
1088
Dimensions:
10 x 6 in 53 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Conceived in Paris in 1927 and still in progress when Benjamin fled the Occupation in 1940, The Arcades Project is Benjamin's effort to represent and to critique the bourgeois experience of nineteenth-century history, and, in so doing, to liberate the suppressed "true history" that underlay the ideological mask. Preoccupied with the commodification of things and focusing on the arcades of nineteenth-century Paris--glass-roofed rows of shops that were early centers of consumerism--Benjamin presents a montage of quotations from, and reflections on, hundreds of published sources, arranging them in thirty-six categories with descriptive rubrics such as "Fashion," "Boredom," "Catacombs," "Prostitution," and "Theory of Progress."
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