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Walter Benjamin : Critical Constellations

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The works of Walter Benjamin (1892--1940) are widely acclaimed as being among the most original and provocative writings of twentieth--century critical thought, and have become required reading for scholars and students in a range of academic disciplines. This book provides a lucid introduction to Benjamina s oeuvre through a close and sensitive reading not only of his major studies, but also of some of his less familiar essays and fragments. Gilloch offers an original interpretation of, and fresh insights into, the continuities between Benjamina s always demanding and seemingly disparate texts. Gillocha s book will be of particular interest to students and scholars in social theory, literary theory, cultural and media studies and urban studies who are seeking a sophisticated yet readable overview of Benjamina s work. It will also prove rewarding reading for those already well--versed in Benjaminian thought.show more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 156.5 x 233.7 x 27.4mm | 580.61g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0745610072
  • 9780745610078
  • 1,772,143

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The works of Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) are widely acclaimed as being among the most original and provocative writings of twentieth-century critical thought, and have become required reading for scholars and students in a range of academic disciplines. This book provides a lucid introduction to Benjamin's oeuvre through a close and sensitive reading not only of his major studies, but also of some of his less familiar essays and fragments. Gilloch offers an original interpretation of, and fresh insights into, the continuities between Benjamin's always demanding and seemingly disparate texts. Gilloch's book will be of particular interest to students and scholars in social theory, literary theory, cultural and media studies and urban studies who are seeking a sophisticated yet readable overview of Benjamin's work. It will also prove rewarding reading for those already well-versed in Benjaminian thought.show more

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"This is an excellent introduction to Benjamina s thought, written with great clarity and richly located within his biography. Gillocha s focus upon Benjamina s reconstruction of the a afterlifea of things enables him to reveal new interconnections and interpretive trajectories within Benjamina s themes and texts, whether they be his writings on language, literature, the city, the new media or the Arcades Project. A most welcome addition to Politya s series on contemporary thinkers." David Frisby, University of Glasgow "A fine text to accompany a firsthand reading of Benjamin, such reading is necessary to understand the thinker critiqued here." Library Journal "The book highlights some major motifs of Benjamina s work and will probably be of interest, above all, to students of media and related aspects of social history or theory" Brendan Moran, Philosophy in Reviewshow more

About Graeme Gilloch

Graeme Gilloch is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Salfordshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements. Abbreviations. Introduction: Benjamin as a Key Contemporary Thinker. Chapter 1. Immanent Criticism and Exemplary Critique. Chapter 2. Allegory and Melancholy. Chapter 3. From Cityscape to Dreamworld. Chapter 4. Paris and the Arcades. Chapter 5. Culture and Critique in Crisis. Chapter 6. Benjamin On--Air, Benjamin on Aura. Chapter 7. Love at Last Sight. Conclusion: Towards a Contemporary Constellation. Notes. Bibliography. Index.show more

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