With The Sharpened Axe Of Reason: Approaches to Walter Benjamin

byFischer GerhardEditorGerhard Fischer

Paperback | April 1, 1996

With The Sharpened Axe Of Reason: Approaches to Walter Benjamin by Fischer Gerhard
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Walter Benjamin holds a unique fascination for students and scholars interested in the question of modernity. The most original thinker of Weimar Germany, Benjamin has become something of a cultural icon and his works are often regarded with awe rather than critical scrutiny. This book offers surprising new insights from a number of perspectives -- sociology, history, women's studies, literary and cultural studies -- and investigates unexplored areas of Benjamin scholarship to arrive at a critically balanced perception of his work. There are four main sections:- a critical re-evaluation of Benjamin's concepts of history and modernity in light of postmodernist discourses;- a discussion of aspects of Benjamin's literary scholarship; - a re-evaluation of Benjamin's writings on media and performance theories; and - an investigation of Benjamin's peculiar 'utopianism' which includes a critical consideration of sexual/gender politics.
Gerhard Fischer Senior Lecturer and Head of the School of German and Russian Studies,University of New South Wales
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Title:With The Sharpened Axe Of Reason: Approaches to Walter BenjaminFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:240 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.6 inShipping dimensions:240 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.6 inPublished:April 1, 1996Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:185973054X

ISBN - 13:9781859730546

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