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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Benjamin's essay “On the Mimetic Faculty,” with its sudden shifts of attention and
compressed arguments of astonishing range and illuminating suggestions,
energetically seeks to close the gap between the universe of things and the world
Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings Walter Benjamin. is far less
ashamed of his intense interest in graphology (of which he was a gifted
practitioner), chiromancy, and physiognomy than his critics. Later he argues that
our concepts of ...
Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings Walter Benjamin. sees with his
own eyes when he describes daily life as a great laboratory (which does not
change the inventive language of simple people) or when he, with good reason,
Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings Walter Benjamin. There is much
tragic irony in Benjamin's last stand as a theoretician of “operative” literature. He
demands a new, open, and experimental Marxist art in the manner of Tretiakov ...
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