The Cambridge Companion to Walter Benjamin

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David S. Ferris, Ferris David S
Cambridge University Press, Mar 25, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 247 pages
This Companion offers a comprehensive introduction to the thought of the highly influential twentieth-century critic and theorist Walter Benjamin. The volume provides examinations of the different aspects of Benjamin's work that have had a significant effect on contemporary critical and historical thought. Topics discussed by experts in the field include Benjamin's relation to the avant-garde movements of his time, his theories on language and mimesis, modernity, his significance and relevance to modern cultural studies, and his autobiographical writings. Additional material includes a guide to further reading and a chronology.
 

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Contents

Walter Benjamin and the European avantgarde
16
Art forms
33
Language and mimesis in Walter Benjamins work
52
Walter Benjamins concept of cultural history
71
Benjamins modernity
95
Benjamin and psychoanalysis
113
Benjamin and the ambiguities of Romanticism
132
Body politics Benjamins dialectical materialism between Brecht and the Frankfurt School
150
Method and time Benjamins dialectical images
175
Benjamins phantasmagoria the Arcades Project
193
Acts of selfportraiture Benjamins confessional and literary writings
215
Guide to further reading
230
Index
234
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