Walter Benjamin was an icon of criticism, renowned for his insight on art, literature, and philosophy. This volume includes his views on Kafka, with whom he felt a close personal affinity; his studies on Baudelaire and Proust; and his essays on Leskov and Brecht’s epic theater. Illuminations also includes his penetrating study “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” an enlightening discussion of translation as a literary mode; and his theses on the philosophy of history.
Hannah Arendt selected the essays for this volume and introduces them with a classic essay about Benjamin’s life in a dark historical era. Leon Wieseltier’s preface explores Benjamin’s continued relevance for our times.
Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) was a German-Jewish Marxist literary critic, essayist, translator, and philosopher. He was at times associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and was also greatly inspired by the Marxism of Bertolt Brecht and Jewish mysticism as presented by Gershom Scholem.
On Photography presents a new translation of that essay along with a number of other writings by Benjamin, some of them presented in English for the first time. Translator and editor Esther Leslie sets Benjamin’s work in context with prefaces to each piece and contributes a substantial introduction that considers Benjamin’s engagement with photography in all its forms, including early commercial studio photography, the uses of photography in science, and much more.
The correspondence between Gretel Adorno and Walter Benjamin,published here in its complete form for the first time, is thedocument of a great friendship that existed independently ofBenjamin's relationship with Theodor W. Adorno. While Benjamin,alongside his everyday worries, writes especially about thoseprojects on which he worked so intensively in the last years of hislife, it was Gretel Karplus-Adorno who did everything in her powerto keep Benjamin in the world.
She urged him to emigrate and told him about Adorno's plans andBloch's movements, thus maintaining the connection between the oldBerlin friends and acquaintances. She helped him through the mostdifficult times with regular money transfers, and organizedfinancial support from the Saar region, which was initially stillindependent from the Third Reich. Once in New York, she attemptedto entice Benjamin to America with her descriptions of the city andthe new arrivals from Europe though ultimately to no avail.
Within this broad epistemological framework, the diversity and complexity of Benjamin's project acquires a fundamental coherence and is therefore able to accommodate the temporal volatility of the phenomena of our world. It's not surprising, therefore, that Perception & Experience offers the most stimulating variety of topics, and that the keynote lectures reflect merely an intensification of interest in certain areas within a much larger field of investigation. The texts presented here pinpoint the central preoccupations of today's debates amongst Benjamin scholars, preoccupations which are themselves responses to our own historical imperatives.
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Enthält: Paula Dehmel: Der Stern der Mitte und Wie der alte Christian Weihnachten feierte; Peter Rosegger: Die heilige Weihnachtszeit; Agnes Sapper: Am kürzesten Tag; Herman Bang: Am Heiligen Abend einsam sein und Weihnachten; Walter Benjamin: Ein Weihnachtsengel; Theodor Fontane: Des armen Mannes Weihnachtsbaum und Es wird Weihnachten!; Adalbert Stifter: Weihnachten; Ludwig Thoma: Christkindl-Ahnung im Advent sowie Gedichte von Joseph von Eichendorff, Richard Dehmel, Joachim Ringelnatz, Cäsar Flaischlen, Wilhelm Busch und Theodor Fontane
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