The Actuality of Walter Benjamin

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This collection shows how extraordinarily substantial were the theoretical footholds which Walter Benjamin supplied. The contributors engage with Benjamin on a number of levels, with essays on historical understanding versus historicism, a look at gender and dialectical images, the space of the city, the sources of Judaism and the aesthetics of conflict. Also analysed are Benjamin's artwork, the novel, the anthropology and philosophy of history, 'fate and character', the baroque...
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Overview

This collection shows how extraordinarily substantial were the theoretical footholds which Walter Benjamin supplied. The contributors engage with Benjamin on a number of levels, with essays on historical understanding versus historicism, a look at gender and dialectical images, the space of the city, the sources of Judaism and the aesthetics of conflict. Also analysed are Benjamin's artwork, the novel, the anthropology and philosophy of history, 'fate and character', the baroque and Benjamin the intellectual.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780853158639
  • Publisher: Lawrence & Wishart, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Series: New Formations Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors 7
Editorial 9
The measure of the possible, the weight of the real and the heat of the moment: Benjamin's actuality today 13
From gender images to dialectical images in Benjamin's writings 40
The city in pieces 55
Benjamin the intellectual 72
Walter Benjamin - Out of the sources of modern Judaism 85
A communicative disclosure of the past: on the relation between anthropology and philosophy of history in Walter Benjamin 118
Shoah, remembrance and the abeyance of fate: Walter Benjamin's 'fate and character' 135
Memoirs and micrologies: Walter Benjamin's artwork essay reconsidered 156
History, the baroque and the judgement of the angels 172
Experience without a subject: Benjamin and the novel 194
The aesthetics of conflict 212
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