Walter Benjamin's Other History: Of Stones, Animals, Human Beings, and Angels

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University of California Press, Mar 27, 1998 - Philosophy - 202 pages
Long considered to be an impenetrable, hermetic treatise, Walter Benjamin's The Origin of German Tragic Drama has rarely received the attention it deserves as a key text, central to a full understanding of his work. In this critically acclaimed study, distinguished Benjamin scholar Beatrice Hanssen unlocks the philosophical and ethical dimensions of his thought with great clarity and sophisitication.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Against Historicity
13
Chapter
49
Chapter
66
Chapter
82
Chapter
114
Chapter
127
Chapter
150
Postscript
163
Bibliography
193
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Beatrice Hanssen was trained in Comparative Literature at Johns Hopkins University and is Associate Professor of German at Harvard University. She is the author of Critique of Violence: Between Poststructuralism and Critical Theory, an editor of The Turn to Ethics, and co-editor of the series Walter Benjamin Studies.

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