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Walter Benjamin's Passages (Hardcover)
Walter Benjamin's Passages (Hardcover): Pierre Missac
Walter Benjamin's Passages (Hardcover): Pierre Missac

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Walter Benjamin's Passages (Hardcover)

Pierre Missac; Translated by Shierry Weber Nicholsen

Series: Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought

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It was in Paris in 1937 that Georges Bataille introduced Pierre Missac to Walter Benjamin. This meeting launched the young French scholar on a half-century of engagement with Benjamin's work that culminated in the writing of "Walter Benjamin's Passages". Taking a cue from his subject, Missac adopts a form of indirect critique in which independent details examined seemingly in passing emerge over the course of the book as parts of larger patterns of understanding. The interlocked essays move among such topics as reading and writing, collecting, the dialectic, and time and history. After the war, Missac took it on himself to make Benjamin's work more widely known in France. He published a series of translations and critical essays and this one book, which appeared just a few months after his death in 1986. Benjamin, who committed suicide at age 48 has no marked grave, and in one sense this book is a tombeau, a poem honouring a writer's achievement that in calmer times was written for the dedication of a physical monument but now must stand in place of the absent monument. It is an imaginative criticism that shows how Benjamin's work anticipated the future and how - as Missac's excursus on the glass atrium in the architecture of the 1980s shows - it can be fruitfully extended.

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Imprint: MIT Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought
Release date: April 1995
Authors: Pierre Missac
Translators: Shierry Weber Nicholsen
Dimensions: 235 x 161 x 22mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
ISBN-13: 978-0-262-13305-0
Barcode: 9780262133050
Subtitles: French
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > From 1900
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts > Essays, journals, letters & other prose works
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts > Essays, journals, letters & other prose works > General
LSN: 0-262-13305-9

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