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Walter Benjamin and Art

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Walter Benjamin's most famous and influential essay remains The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. Walter Benjamin and the Work of Art is the first book to provide a broad and dedicated analysis of this canonical work and its effect upon core contemporary concerns in the visual arts, aesthetics and the history of philosophy.

The book is structured around three distinct areas: the extension of Benjamin's work; the question of historical connection; the importance ...

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Overview

Walter Benjamin's most famous and influential essay remains The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. Walter Benjamin and the Work of Art is the first book to provide a broad and dedicated analysis of this canonical work and its effect upon core contemporary concerns in the visual arts, aesthetics and the history of philosophy.

The book is structured around three distinct areas: the extension of Benjamin's work; the question of historical connection; the importance of the essay in the development of criticism of both the visual arts and literature. Contributors to the volume include major Benjamin commentators, whose work has very much defined the reception of the essay, and leading philosophers, historians and aesthetician, whose approaches open up new areas of interest and relevance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826467300
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/18/2005
  • Series: Walter Benjamin Studies Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Benjamin is Professor of Critical Theory and Philosophical Aesthetics at Monash University, Australia. His previous publications include: Writing Art and Architecture(Re:press, 2010) Of Jews and Animals (Edinburgh University Press, 2010), Style and Time: Essays on the Politics of Appearance (Northwestern UP, 2006), Disclosing Spaces: On Painting (Clinamen Press, 2004), Philosophy's Literature (Clinamen Press, 2001) and Present Hope: Philosophy, Aesthetics, Judaism (Routledge, 1997). He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2005.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Reception in distraction 3
2 The timing of elective affinity : Walter Benjamin's strong aesthetics 14
3 Materialist mutations of the Bilderverbot 32
4 Is there an answer to the aestheticizing of the political? 60
5 Benjamin or Heidegger : aesthetics and politics in an age of technology 73
6 The work of art in the age of ontological speculation : Walter Benjamin revisited 93
7 The mimetic bond : Benjamin and the question of technology 108
8 Aura, still 121
9 Walter Benjamin and the tectonic unconscious 148
10 Aura, face, photography : re-reading Benjamin today 164
11 Benjamin on art and reproducibility : the case of music 185
12 The work of art in the age of its electronic mutability 209
13 Rehearsing revolution and life : the embodiment of Benjamin's artwork essay at the end of the age of mechanical reproduction 226
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