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A Companion to the Works of Walter Benjamin - Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture v. 44 (Hardback)
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A Companion to the Works of Walter Benjamin - Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture v. 44 (Hardback)

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Hardback 328 Pages / Published: 01/11/2009
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Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) has emerged as one of the leading cultural critics of the twentieth century. His work encompasses aesthetics, metaphysical language and narrative theories, German literary history, philosophies of history, the intersection of Marxism and Messianic thought, urban topography, and the development of photography and film. Benjamin defined the task of the critic as one that blasts endangered moments of the past out of the continuum of history so that they attain new significance. This volume of new essays employs this principle of actualization as its methodological program in offering a new advanced introduction to Benjamin's own work. The essays analyze Benjamin's central texts, themes, terminologies, and genres in their original contexts while simultaneously situating them in new parameters, such as contemporary media, memory culture, constructions of gender, postcoloniality, and theories of urban topographies. The Companion brings together an international group of established and emerging scholars to explicate Benjamin's actuality from a multidisciplinary perspective. Designed for audiences interested in literary criticism, cultural studies, and neighboring disciplines, the volume serves as a stimulus for new debates about Benjamin's intellectual legacy today. Contributors: Wolfgang Bock, Willi Bolle, Dianne Chisholm, Adrian Daub, Dominik Finkelde, Eric Jarosinski, Lutz Koepnick, Vivian Liska, Karl Ivan Solibakke, Marc de Wilde, Bernd Witte Rolf J. Goebel is Distinguished Professor of German and Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
ISBN: 9781571133670
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
[A] valuable, very readable and often stimulating companion and a real asset to contemporary discussion in the field. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW Taken as a whole, this collection offers us, rather than a "Marxist" Benjamin or a "messianic" Benjamin, what could be called a "digital Benjamin." JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES The authors of the essays in this book do an excellent job of balancing their subjects. GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW This book will stand well among the many essay collections attesting to Benjamin's rich intellectual legacy and to the broad, intense appeal of his work across disciplines as varied, and interrelated, as cultural studies, literature, geography, gender studies, and media studies. CHOICE Goebel presents a wonderful collection of essays that deal with Benjamin's most fundamental concepts on language, rhetoric, translation, fragmentation, montage, messianism, politics, and phantasmagoria. Many of these interdisciplinary essays "re-read" his works against the background of current theoretical conceptualizations (media theory, gender studies, postcolonialism) . . . . [E]xcellent . . . . GERMAN QUARTERLY

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