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Walter Benjamin: Critical Constellations

By: Graeme Gilloch


Description

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.

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Hardcover
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745610078
ISBN10
0745610072
Publication Dates ROW:
Dec 2001
Publication Dates US:
Feb 2002
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Dec 2001


Format
237 x 158 mm
9.30 x 6.20 in
Pages
320 pages
Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745610085
ISBN10
0745610080
Publication Dates ROW:
Dec 2001
Publication Dates US:
Feb 2002
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Dec 2001



Format
229 x 155 mm
9.00 x 6.10 in
Pages
320 pages
E-book
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745666662
ISBN10
0745666663
Publication Dates ROW:
Apr 2013
Publication Dates US:
Apr 2013
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Apr 2013


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
316 pages

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Reviews

"This is an excellent introduction to Benjamin's thought, written with great clarity and richly located within his biography. Gilloch's focus upon Benjamin's reconstruction of the 'afterlife' of things enables him to reveal new interconnections and interpretive trajectories within Benjamin'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 Polity'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 Benjamin'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 Review

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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.

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Author Information

Graeme Gilloch is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Salford

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