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Profane Illumination: Walter Benjamin and the Paris of Surrealist Revolution
     

Profane Illumination: Walter Benjamin and the Paris of Surrealist Revolution

by Margaret Cohen
 

Margaret Cohen's encounter with Walter Benjamin, one of the twentieth century's most influential cultural and literary critics, has produced a radically new reading of surrealist thought and practice. Cohen analyzes the links between Breton's surrealist fusion of psychoanalysis and Marxism and Benjamin's post-Enlightenment challenge to Marxist theory. She argues

Overview

Margaret Cohen's encounter with Walter Benjamin, one of the twentieth century's most influential cultural and literary critics, has produced a radically new reading of surrealist thought and practice. Cohen analyzes the links between Breton's surrealist fusion of psychoanalysis and Marxism and Benjamin's post-Enlightenment challenge to Marxist theory. She argues that Breton's surrealist Marxism played a formative role in shaping postwar French intellectual life and is of continued relevance to the contemporary intellectual scene.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520080232
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/12/1993
Series:
Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism Series
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.29(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Cohen is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University.

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