The Cambridge companion to Walter Benjamin /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Ferris, David S., 1954-
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Online Access: Online version
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Examining the multi-dimensional thinking of the German philosopher and social theorist, this crucial addition to the "Cambridge Companions to Literature" series comprises 11 original essays by some of the best-known Benjamin scholars. They take on subjects ranging from Benjamin's theories of language and art to his dialectical materialism, with the intention of providing a clear picture of Benjamin's writings in relation to major intellectual movements, e. g., Romanticism, historicism, psychoanalysis, and confessional expression. This volume will serve as an excellent primer for those first encountering Benjamin's thought, and as a fine summary and reconsideration of his thinking for those familiar with it. Including a chronology of Benjamin's life and suggestions for further reading, this is the most synoptic collection on Benjamin to date. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. M. Uebel University of Kentucky

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