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Walter Benjamin was one of the most original cultural critics of the twentieth century. Illuminations includes his views on Kafka, with whom he felt a close personal affinity; his studies on Baudelaire and Proust; and his essays on Leskov and on Brecht's Epic Theater. Also included are his penetrating study "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," an enlightening discussion of translation as a literary mode, and Benjamin's theses on the philosophy of history.

Hannah Arendt selected the essays for this volume and introduces them with a classic essay about Benjamin's life in dark times. Also included is a new preface by Leon Wieseltier that explores Benjamin's continued relevance for our times.

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Walter Benjamin was one of the most original cultural critics of the twentieth century. Illuminations includes his views on Kafka, with whom he felt a close personal affinity; his studies on Baudelaire and Proust; and his essays on Leskov and on Brecht's Epic Theater. Also included are his penetrating study "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," an enlightening discussion of translation as a literary mode, and Benjamin's theses on the philosophy of history.

Hannah Arendt selected the essays for this volume and introduces them with a classic essay about Benjamin's life in dark times. Also included is a new preface by Leon Wieseltier that explores Benjamin's continued relevance for our times.

About the Author

Walter Benjamin is recognized as one of the most acute analysts of literary and sociological phenomenon of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Table of Contents

Preface by Leon Wiesletier

INTRODUCTION

    Walter Benjamin: 1892–1940, by Hannah Arendt

UNPACKING MY LIBRARY

     A Talk about Book Collecting

THE TASK OF THE TRANSLATOR

     An Introduction to the Translation of Baudelaire’s Tableaux parisiens

THE STORYTELLER

     Reflections on the Works of Nikolai Leskov

FRANZ KAFKA

      On the Tenth Anniversary of His Death

SOME REFLECTIONS ON KAFKA

WHAT IS EPIC THEATER?

ON SOME MOTIFS IN BAUDELAIRE

THE IMAGE OF PROUST

THE WORK OF ART IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION

THESES ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY

Editor’s Note

Index of Names

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h, October 26, 2013 (view all comments by h)
A classic collection of essays on modernizing culture--poetry, novels, film, newspapers, music, painting--and our place in history. Benjamin speaks from the position of historical materialism but with a lyricism we don't always associate with versions of Marxism. They were written in the 1930s during the rise of Nazism and try to find a place for art in a political situation when art's being put in the service of fascism. These essay's influence far exceeds their short length.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805202410
Designed:
Arendt, Hannah
Designed:
Arendt, Hannah
Designed by:
Arendt, Hannah
Designed:
Arendt, Hannah
Author:
Benjamin, Walter
Publisher:
Schocken Books Inc
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
Literature -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 85-691
Publication Date:
19690131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.02x5.23x.62 in. .47 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Walter Benjamin was one of the most original cultural critics of the twentieth century. Illuminations includes his views on Kafka, with whom he felt a close personal affinity; his studies on Baudelaire and Proust; and his essays on Leskov and on Brecht's Epic Theater. Also included are his penetrating study "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," an enlightening discussion of translation as a literary mode, and Benjamin's theses on the philosophy of history.

Hannah Arendt selected the essays for this volume and introduces them with a classic essay about Benjamin's life in dark times. Also included is a new preface by Leon Wieseltier that explores Benjamin's continued relevance for our times.

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