Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 19.02.2019 - 352 Seiten
“This book is just that: reflections of a highly polished mind that uncannily approximate the century’s fragments of shattered traditions.” — Time
A companion volume to Illuminations, the first collection of Walter Benjamin’s writings, Reflections presents a further sampling of his wide-ranging work. Here Benjamin evolves a theory of language as the medium of all creation, discusses theater and surrealism, reminisces about Berlin in the 1920s, recalls conversations with Bertolt Brecht, and provides travelogues of various cities, including Moscow under Stalin.
Benjamin moves seamlessly from literary criticism to autobiography to philosophical-theological speculations, cementing his reputation as one of the greatest and most versatile writers of the twentieth century.
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In his own sophisticated way, Fredric Jameson, in one of the first important
essays on Benjamin published in this country, fully supports Adorno's claims and
adds a dash of inevitable melancholy characteristic of American academic
Marxists in ...
He demands a new, open, and experimental Marxist art in the manner of
Tretiakov and Brecht exactly at the moment when, in the Soviet Union, Karl
Radek is attacking James Joyce, and eager Party functionaries are declaring that
of his thought, in which his Marxist analysis of institutional structures relies
productively on his earlier habits of “reading” things as if they were texts. The
individual sections of the text, concluded by a programmatic coda, follow a
Benjamin speaks about correspondences where many other Marxists would refer
to economic basis and cultural superstructure; and he often suggests these
correspondences by parallel sentence structures, neatly arranging the semantic ...
The Austrian Marxist Ernst Fischer once suggested that Benjamin contributed
much to an interpretation of capitalism but little to changing the world, and added
that his philosophy, sustained by utter loneliness, rather than by the concerns of ...
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