Walter Benjamin - Selected Writings, 1927-1930

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Harvard University Press, 2005 - Literary Collections - 480 pages
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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.

  

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A vital book. For the essay 'Goethe's Elective Affinities' I will be eternally grateful. Read full review

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

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Contents

Dream Kitsch
3
Reply to Oscar A H Schmitz
16
Review of Gladkovs Cement
47
Diary of My Journey to the Loire
62
IMAGE IMPERATIVES 1928
77
Conversation with Andre Gide
91
Moonlit Nights on the Rue La Boetie
107
Everything Is Thought
122
Notes II
285
Notes on a Theory of Gambling
297
An Outsider Makes His Mark
305
Theories of German Fascism
312
Demonic Berlin
322
Julien Green
331
Paris Diary
337
Review of Kracauers Die Angestellten
355

Food Fair
135
Weimar
148
Goethe
161
Karl Kraus Fragment
194
Surrealism
207
Chaplin in Retrospect
222
On the Image of Proust
237
Childrens Literature
250
Short Shadows I
268
Some Remarks on Folk Art
278
Bert Brecht
365
The First Form of Criticism That Refuses to Judge
372
Against a Masterpiece
378
MysloviceBraunschweigMarseilles
387
A Critique of the Publishing Industry
394
Characterization of the New Generation
401
Antitheses
409
Chronology 19271934
823
Index
857
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About the author (2005)

Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) was the author of many works of literary and cultural analysis.

Michael W. Jennings is Professor of German, Princeton University.

Gary Smith is an editor at work on the Einstein Papers project.

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