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Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 3, 1935-1938

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Radical critic of a European civilization plunging into darkness, yet commemorator of the humane traditions of the old bourgeoisie--such was Walter Benjamin in the later 1930s. This volume, the third in a four-volume set, offers twenty-seven brilliant pieces, nineteen of which have never before been translated.

The centerpiece, A Berlin Childhood around 1900, marks the first appearance in English of one of the greatest German works of the twentieth century: a profound and beautiful account of the vanished world of Benjamin's privileged boyhood, recollected in exile. No less remarkable are the previously untranslated second version of Benjamin's most famous essay, "The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility," with its striking insights into the relations between technology and aesthetics, and German Men and Women, a book in which Benjamin collects twenty-six letters by distinguished Germans from 1783 to 1883 in an effort to preserve what he called the true humanity of German tradition from the debasement of fascism.

Volume 3 also offers extensively annotated translations of essays that are key to Benjamin's rewriting of the story of modernism and modernity--such as "The Storyteller" and "Paris, the Capital of the Nineteenth Century"--as well as a fascinating diary from 1938 and penetrating studies of Bertolt Brecht, Franz Kafka, and Eduard Fuchs. A narrative chronology details Benjamin's life during these four harrowing years of his exile in France and Denmark. This is an essential collection for anyone interested in his work.

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.Michael W. Jennings is Class of 1900 Professor of Modern Languages at Princeton University.

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Table of Contents

Paris Old and New, 1935

Brecht's Threepenny Novel

Johann Jakob Bachofen

Conversation above the Corso: Recollections of Carnival-Time in Nice

Paris, the Capital of the Nineteenth Century

Exchange with Theodor W. Adorno on the Essay "Paris, the Capital of the Nineteenth Century"

Problems in the Sociology of

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674019812
Editor:
Eiland, Howard
Editor:
Jennings, Michael W.
Editor:
Eiland, Howard
Editor:
Jennings, Michael W.
Author:
Eiland, Howard
Author:
Benjamin, Walter
Author:
Jennings, Michael W.
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
European - German
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Literary Criticism-European - German
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Volume 3
Series Volume:
Volume 3
Publication Date:
April 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 halftones
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

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