The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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Penguin Books Limited, Aug 7, 2008 - Art - 128 pages

One of the most important works of cultural theory ever written, Walter Benjamin's groundbreaking essay explores how the age of mass media means audiences can listen to or see a work of art repeatedly – and what the troubling social and political implications of this are.

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User Review  - albertgoldfain - LibraryThing

Succinct and clever. I like the concepts of cult and aura as applied to art. The tie to the aesthetics of war and politics in the end is spooky but appropriate. Read full review

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User Review  - micapam - LibraryThing

Extremely insightful essay; though mistaken in certain technical aspects, it continues to be relevant today. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin (1892 – 1940) was a German-Jewish Marxist literary critic, essayist, translator, and philosopher. He was at times associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and was also greatly inspired by the Marxism of Bertolt Brecht and Jewish mysticism as presented by Gershom Scholem.

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