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Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life

Walter Benjamin A Critical Life Walter Benjamin is one of the twentieth century s most important intellectuals and also one of its most elusive His writings mosaics incorporating philosophy literary criticism Marxist analysis an

  • Title: Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life
  • Author: Howard Eiland Michael W. Jennings
  • ISBN: 9780674051867
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Walter Benjamin is one of the twentieth century s most important intellectuals, and also one of its most elusive His writings mosaics incorporating philosophy, literary criticism, Marxist analysis, and a syncretistic theology defy simple categorization And his mobile, often improvised existence has proven irresistible to mythologizers His writing career moved from theWalter Benjamin is one of the twentieth century s most important intellectuals, and also one of its most elusive His writings mosaics incorporating philosophy, literary criticism, Marxist analysis, and a syncretistic theology defy simple categorization And his mobile, often improvised existence has proven irresistible to mythologizers His writing career moved from the brilliant esotericism of his early writings through his emergence as a central voice in Weimar culture and on to the exile years, with its pioneering studies of modern media and the rise of urban commodity capitalism in Paris That career was played out amid some of the most catastrophic decades of modern European history the horror of the First World War, the turbulence of the Weimar Republic, and the lengthening shadow of fascism Now, a major new biography from two of the world s foremost Benjamin scholars reaches beyond the mosaic and the mythical to present this intriguing figure in full.Howard Eiland and Michael Jennings make available for the first time a rich store of information which augments and corrects the record of an extraordinary life They offer a comprehensive portrait of Benjamin and his times as well as extensive commentaries on his major works, including The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility, the essays on Baudelaire, and the great study of the German Trauerspiel Sure to become the standard reference biography of this seminal thinker, Walter Benjamin A Critical Life will prove a source of inexhaustible interest for Benjamin scholars and novices alike.

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    1. Walter Benjamin's obscure illuminations are famous for their intractable, mutually contradictory meanings. Depending on your cast of mind, he can be a Marxist or a metaphysician, a fantasist or a deconstructionist. For me, his literary criticism and mystical sense of history represent the most surreal instance of the theological imagination in the 20th century. His fascination with "redemption" reminds me of Kafka's apothegm: There is an infinite amount of hope in the universe but not for us.Thi [...]

    2. Walter Benjamin is a key figure in terms of modern critical-educational inquiry. His name is pronounced Ben-a-mean, like amphetamine, my old German roommate informed me. Actually it was my friend's roommate. I was just there a lot so etc. Goethe, of course, is Go-Tay. Alright.In layout, scope, and particularly linguistics, the big book is brilliant. I mean, just about everything is considered brilliant at one point or another, including my decision to confiscate a roll of toilet paper from the s [...]

    3. Walter Benjamin's Afterlife:chronicle/article/Walter-B~~I'm also kind of reading the bio as prefatory homework for an imminent reading The Arcades Project, a long intended goal of mine.

    4. This is a scholar's book, detailed and thorough.It reveals rather more of Benjamin's life than he might have wished, but the mores of the moment, the haute bourgeois class within which he moved, and the peculiar stresses of the between-the-wars period go am long way toward explaining his behavior.The book does give a very good sense of the life of a Jewish litterateur and emigre, one marginalized first of all by disposition and, second, by the lack of a settled position. Living hand-to-mouth, da [...]

    5. One of the best non-fiction books I've ever read. Incredible thinker to whom we owe much regarding the way we view social and historical movement, how we understand human experience through the lens of art and criticism, and how the past informs the present and vice versa. This book also paints a vivid and terrifying picture of what it meant to be a German Jew during the rise of the third reich and in exile as the walls closed in throughout Europe. Benjamin is without doubt one of the most impor [...]

    6. This is a precious, delicate and theoretical account of one of 20th century's most appraised cultural critique and philosopher. Although I would not consider this work a "Benjaminian" text, in the sense that it establishes a somewhat causal relation between Benjamin's life and work, something that the Berliner philosopher avoided both in his autobiographical works and in his criticism of Goethe, for instance, it does fill in some gaps that were, to-day, left aside and/or unknown about Benjamin's [...]

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