Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 3: 1935-1938

Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 3: 1935-1938

by Walter Benjamin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674008960

ISBN-13: 9780674008960

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Radical critic of a European civilization plunging into darkness, yet commemorator of the humane traditions of the old bourgeoisie—such was Walter Benjamin in the later 1930s. This volume, the third in a four-volume set, offers twenty-seven brilliant pieces, nineteen of which have never before been translated.
The centerpiece, A Berlin Childhood around 1900,

Overview

Radical critic of a European civilization plunging into darkness, yet commemorator of the humane traditions of the old bourgeoisie—such was Walter Benjamin in the later 1930s. This volume, the third in a four-volume set, offers twenty-seven brilliant pieces, nineteen of which have never before been translated.
The centerpiece, A Berlin Childhood around 1900, marks the first appearance in English of one of the greatest German works of the twentieth century: a profound and beautiful account of the vanished world of Benjamin’s privileged boyhood, recollected in exile. No less remarkable are the previously untranslated second version of Benjamin’s most famous essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility,” with its striking insights into the relations between technology and aesthetics, and German Men and Women, a book in which Benjamin collects twenty-six letters by distinguished Germans from 1783 to 1883 in an effort to preserve what he called the true humanity of German tradition from the debasement of fascism.
Volume 3 also offers extensively annotated translations of essays that are key to Benjamin’s rewriting of the story of modernism and modernity—such as “The Storyteller” and “Paris, the Capital of the Nineteenth Century”—as well as a fascinating diary from 1938 and penetrating studies of Bertolt Brecht, Franz Kafka, and Eduard Fuchs. A narrative chronology details Benjamin’s life during these four harrowing years of his exile in France and Denmark. This is an essential collection for anyone interested in his work.

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ISBN-13:
9780674008960
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents

Paris Old and New, 1935

Brecht's Threepenny Novel

Johann Jakob Bachofen

Conversation above the Corso: Recollections of Carnival-Time in Nice

Paris, the Capital of the Nineteenth Century

Exchange with Theodor W. Adorno on the Essay "Paris, the Capital of the Nineteenth Century"

Problems in the Sociology of Language: An Overview

The Formula in Which the Dialectical Structure of Film Finds Expression

Rastelli's Story

Art In a Technological Age, 1936

The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility: Second Version

A Different Utopian Will

The Significance of Beautiful Semblance

The Signatures of the Age

Theory of Distraction

The Storyteller: Observations on the Works of Nikolai Leskov

German Men and Women: A Sequence of Letters

Letter from Paris (2): Painting and Photography

Translation—For and Against

The Knowledge That the First Material on Which the Mimetic Faculty

Tested Itself

Dialectics and History, 1937

Addendum to the Brecht Commentary: The Threepenny Opera

Eduard Fuchs, Collector and Historian

Fruits of Exile, 1938 (Part 1)

Theological-Political Fragment

A German Institute for Independent Research

Review of Brod's Franz Kafka

Letter to Gershom Scholem on Franz Kafka

The Land Where the Proletariat May Not Be Mentioned: The Premiere

of Eight One-Act Plays by Brecht

Diary Entries, 1938

Berlin Childhood around 1900

A Note on the Texts

Chronology, 1935–1938

Index

Illustrations

The Galerie Vivienne, Paris, 1907

Walter Benjamin at the Bibliothèque Nationale, 1937

Honoré Daumier, La Crinoline en temps de neige

The Kaiser Wilhelm Bridge, Berlin, early twentieth century

The Victory Column on Königsplatz, Berlin, early twentieth century

The goldfish pond in the Tiergarten, Berlin, early twentieth century

Berlin's Tiergarten in winter, early twentieth century

Market hall on Magdeburger Platz, 1899

Interior of a typical middle-class German home, late nineteenth century

Courtyard on Fischerstrasse in Old Berlin, early twentieth century

Walter Benjamin and his brother Georg, ca. 1902

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