Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 2: Part 2: 1931-1934 / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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In the frenzied final years of the Weimar Republic, amid economic collapse and mounting political catastrophe, Walter Benjamin emerged as the most original practicing literary critic and public intellectual in the German-speaking world. Volume 2 of the Selected Writings is now available in paperback in two parts.
In Part 1, Benjamin is represented by two of his greatest literary essays, "Surrealism" and "On the Image of Proust," as well as by a long article on Goethe and a generous selection of his wide-ranging commentary for Weimar Germany's newspapers.
Part 2 contains, in addition to the important longer essays, "Franz Kafka," "Karl Kraus," and "The Author as Producer," the extended autobiographical meditation "A Berlin Chronicle," and extended discussions of the history of photography and the social situation of the French writer, previously untranslated shorter pieces on such subjects as language and memory, theological criticism and literary history, astrology and the newspaper, and on such influential figures as Paul Valery, Stefan George, Hitler, and Mickey Mouse.
About the Author
Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) was the author of many works of literary and cultural analysis.
Michael W. Jennings is Class of 1900 Professor of Modern Languages at Princeton University.
Howard Eiland is an editor and translator of Benjamin’s writings.
Gary Smith is an editor at work on the Einstein Papers project.
Table of Contents
The Destructive Character, 1931
In Parallel with My Actual Diary
Criticism as the Fundamental Discipline of Literary History
Critique of the New Objectivity
We Ought to Reexamine the Link between Teaching and Research
Hofmannsthal and Aleco Dossena
Literary History and the Study of Literature
Unpacking My Library
Franz Kafka: Beim Bau der Chinesischen Mauer
Diary from August 7, 1931, to the Day of My Death
Little History of Photography
The Lisbon Earthquake
The Destructive Character
Reflections on Radio
In Almost Every Example We Have of Materialist Literary History
The Task of the Critic
Ibizan Sequence, 1932
On Ships, Mine Shafts, and Crucifixes in Bottles
On the Trail of Old Letters
A Family Drama in the Epic Theater
The Railway Disaster at the Firth of Tay
Excavation and Memory
Oedipus, or Rational Myth
Theater and Radio
A Berlin Chronicle
Light from Obscurantists
In the Sun
The Rigorous Study of Art
Hashish in Marseilles
The Eve of Departure
"Try to Ensure that Everything in Life Has a Consequence"
Thought Figures, 1933
Doctrine of the Similar
Short Shadows (II)
Stefan George in Retrospect
Agesilaus Santander (First Version)
Agesilaus Santander (Second Version)
Antitheses Concerning Word and Name
On the Mimetic Faculty
Little Tricks of the Trade
Experience and Poverty
The Author's Producer, 1934
Once Is as Good as Never
Venal but Unusable
The Present Social Situation of the French Writer
The Author as Producer
Notes from Svendborg, Summer 1934
Hitler's Diminished Masculinity
A Note on the Texts