The Cambridge Companion to Walter Benjamin by David S. FerrisThe Cambridge Companion to Walter Benjamin by David S. Ferris

The Cambridge Companion to Walter Benjamin

EditorDavid S. Ferris

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Offering a comprehensive introduction to the thought of Walter Benjamin, the highly influential twentieth-century critic and theorist, this Companion examines different significant aspects of Benjamin's work. Topics of contributions include Benjamin's relationship to the avant-garde movements of his time; his theories on language, mimesis and modernity; and his relevance to modern cultural studies. Additional material includes autobiographical writings, a guide to further reading and a chronology.

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Title:The Cambridge Companion to Walter BenjaminFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:March 29, 2004Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521797241

ISBN - 13:9780521797245

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Table of Contents

List of contributors; List of abbreviations and short titles; Chronology; Introduction: reading Benjamin David S. Ferris; 1. Walter Benjamin and the European avant-garde Michael Jennings; 2. Art forms Jan Mieszkowski; 3. Language and mimesis in Walter Benjamin's work Beatrice Hanssen; 4. Walter Benjamin's concept of cultural history Howard Caygill; 5. Benjamin's modernity Andrew Benjamin; 6. Benjamin and psychoanalysis Sarah Ley Roff; 7. Benjamin and the ambiguities of Romanticism Rebecca Comay; 8. Body politics: Benjamin's dialectical materialism between Brecht and the Frankfurt School Rainer Nägele; 9. Method and time: Benjamin's dialectical images Max Pensky; 10. Benjamin's phantasmagoria: the Arcades Project Margaret Cohen; 11. Acts of self-portraiture: Benjamin's confessional and literary writings Gerhard Richter; Guide to further reading; Index.

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'The essays explore the strain between romanticism and modernism in Benjamin's thought and manage to respond masterfully to the challenge of reading his sober prose, which ranges from laconic aphorisms to vibrant and exertive discourse ... yet another engaging essay focusing on Benjamin's relation to romanticism ... This essay's merit lies in demonstrating Benjamin's unequivocal and enthusiastic espousal of avant-garde aesthetics starting from One-Way Street to Arcades Project ... Jennings' essay is impelling and thought-provoking ...' Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory