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Gesammelte Schriften; BD. 4/1-2 (Paperback): Walter Benjamin Gesammelte Schriften; BD. 4/1-2 (Paperback)
Walter Benjamin
R659 Discovery Miles 6 590 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Moskauer Tagebuch (Paperback): Walter Benjamin Moskauer Tagebuch (Paperback)
Walter Benjamin
R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Gesammelte Schriften; BD.5 (Paperback): Walter Benjamin Gesammelte Schriften; BD.5 (Paperback)
Walter Benjamin
R900 R751 Discovery Miles 7 510 Save R149 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Berliner Kindheit Um Neunzehnhundert (Paperback): Walter Benjamin Berliner Kindheit Um Neunzehnhundert (Paperback)
Walter Benjamin
R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Uber Haschisch (Paperback): Walter Benjamin Uber Haschisch (Paperback)
Walter Benjamin
R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Denkbilder (Paperback): Walter Benjamin Denkbilder (Paperback)
Walter Benjamin
R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Medienasthetische Schriften (Paperback): Walter Benjamin Medienasthetische Schriften (Paperback)
Walter Benjamin
R529 R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Save R53 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Deutsche Menschen (Paperback): Walter Benjamin Deutsche Menschen (Paperback)
Walter Benjamin
R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Origin of the German Trauerspiel (Paperback): Walter Benjamin Origin of the German Trauerspiel (Paperback)
Walter Benjamin; Translated by Howard Eiland
R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Origin of the German Trauerspiel was Walter Benjamin's first full, historically oriented analysis of modernity. Readers of English know it as "The Origin of German Tragic Drama," but in fact the subject is something else-the play of mourning. Howard Eiland's completely new English translation, the first since 1977, is closer to the German text and more consistent with Benjamin's philosophical idiom. Focusing on the extravagant seventeenth-century theatrical genre of the trauerspiel, precursor of the opera, Benjamin identifies allegory as the constitutive trope of the Baroque and of modernity itself. Allegorical perception bespeaks a world of mutability and equivocation, a melancholy sense of eternal transience without access to the transcendentals of the medieval mystery plays-though no less haunted and bedeviled. History as trauerspiel is the condition as well as subject of modern allegory in its inscription of the abyssal. Benjamin's investigation of the trauerspiel includes German texts and late Renaissance European drama such as Hamlet and Calderon's Life Is a Dream. The prologue is one of his most important and difficult pieces of writing. It lays out his method of indirection and his idea of the "constellation" as a key means of grasping the world, making dynamic unities out of the myriad bits of daily life. Thoroughly annotated with a philological and historical introduction and other explanatory and supplementary material, this rigorous and elegant new translation brings fresh understanding to a cardinal work by one of the twentieth century's greatest literary critics.

The Arcades Project (Paperback, Revised): Walter Benjamin The Arcades Project (Paperback, Revised)
Walter Benjamin; Edited by Rolf Tiedemann; Translated by Kevin McLaughlin, Howard Eiland
R980 R841 Discovery Miles 8 410 Save R139 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"To great writers," Walter Benjamin once wrote, "finished works weigh lighter than those fragments on which they labor their entire lives." Conceived in Paris in 1927 and still in progress when Benjamin fled the Occupation in 1940, The Arcades Project (in German, Das Passagen-Werk) is a monumental ruin, meticulously constructed over the course of thirteen years--"the theater," as Benjamin called it, "of all my struggles and all my ideas." Focusing on the arcades of nineteenth-century Paris-glass-roofed rows of shops that were early centers of consumerism--Benjamin presents a montage of quotations from, and reflections on, hundreds of published sources, arranging them in thirty-six categories with descriptive rubrics such as "Fashion," "Boredom," "Dream City," "Photography," "Catacombs," "Advertising," "Prostitution," "Baudelaire," and "Theory of Progress." His central preoccupation is what he calls the commodification of things--a process in which he locates the decisive shift to the modern age. The Arcades Project is Benjamin's effort to represent and to critique the bourgeois experience of nineteenth-century history, and, in so doing, to liberate the suppressed "true history" that underlay the ideological mask. In the bustling, cluttered arcades, street and interior merge and historical time is broken up into kaleidoscopic distractions and displays of ephemera. Here, at a distance from what is normally meant by "progress," Benjamin finds the lost time(s) embedded in the spaces of things.

The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility, and Other Writings on Media (Paperback): Walter Benjamin The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility, and Other Writings on Media (Paperback)
Walter Benjamin; Edited by Michael W. Jennings, Brigid Doherty, Thomas Y. Levin; Translated by Edmund Jephcott, …
R486 Discovery Miles 4 860 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Benjamin's famous "Work of Art" essay sets out his boldest thoughts--on media and on culture in general--in their most realized form, while retaining an edge that gets under the skin of everyone who reads it. In this essay the visual arts of the machine age morph into literature and theory and then back again to images, gestures, and thought.

This essay, however, is only the beginning of a vast collection of writings that the editors have assembled to demonstrate what was revolutionary about Benjamin's explorations on media. Long before Marshall McLuhan, Benjamin saw that the way a bullet rips into its victim is exactly the way a movie or pop song lodges in the soul.

This book contains the second, and most daring, of the four versions of the "Work of Art" essay--the one that addresses the utopian developments of the modern media. The collection tracks Benjamin's observations on the media as they are revealed in essays on the production and reception of art; on film, radio, and photography; and on the modern transformations of literature and painting. The volume contains some of Benjamin's best-known work alongside fascinating, little-known essays--some appearing for the first time in English. In the context of his passionate engagement with questions of aesthetics, the scope of Benjamin's media theory can be fully appreciated.

One-Way Street and Other Writings (Paperback): Walter Benjamin One-Way Street and Other Writings (Paperback)
Walter Benjamin 1
R308 R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 Save R55 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Walter Benjamin - philosopher, essayist, literary and cultural theorist - was one of the most original writers and thinkers of the twentieth century. This new selection brings together Benjamin's major works, including 'One-Way Street', his dreamlike, aphoristic observations of urban life in Weimar Germany; 'Unpacking My Library', a delightful meditation on book-collecting; the confessional 'Hashish in Marseille'; and 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction', his seminal essay on how technology changes the way we appreciate art. Also including writings on subjects ranging from Proust to Kafka, violence to surrealism, this is the essential volume on one of the most prescient critical voices of the modern age. Contains: 'Unpacking My Library'; 'One-Way Street'; 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction'; 'Brief History of Photography'; 'Hashish in Marseille'; 'On the Critique of Violence'; 'The Job of the Translator'; 'Surrealism'; 'Franz Kafka' and 'Picturing Proust'.

Correspondence 1930-1940 (Hardcover): Gretel Adorno, Walter Benjamin Correspondence 1930-1940 (Hardcover)
Gretel Adorno, Walter Benjamin
R441 Discovery Miles 4 410 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"We must see to it that we put the best of ourselves in our letters; for there is nothing to suggest that we shall see each other again soon."

So wrote Walter Benjamin to Gretel Adorno in spring 1940 from the south of France, shortly before he took his own life.

The correspondence between Gretel Adorno and Walter Benjamin, published here in its complete form for the first time, is the document of a great friendship that existed independently of Benjamin's relationship with Theodor W. Adorno. While Benjamin, alongside his everyday worries, writes especially about those projects on which he worked so intensively in the last years of his life, it was Gretel Karplus-Adorno who did everything in her power to keep Benjamin in the world. She urged him to emigrate and told him about Adorno's plans and Bloch's movements, thus maintaining the connection between the old Berlin friends and acquaintances. She helped him through the most difficult times with regular money transfers, and organized financial support from the Saar region, which was initially still independent from the Third Reich. Once in New York, she attempted to entice Benjamin to America with her descriptions of the city and the new arrivals from Europe though ultimately to no avail.

Angelus Novus (Paperback): Walter Benjamin Angelus Novus (Paperback)
Walter Benjamin
R430 R407 Discovery Miles 4 070 Save R23 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Charles Baudelaire (Paperback): Walter Benjamin Charles Baudelaire (Paperback)
Walter Benjamin
R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Gesammelte Schriften; BD.2 (Paperback): Walter Benjamin Gesammelte Schriften; BD.2 (Paperback)
Walter Benjamin
R999 R825 Discovery Miles 8 250 Save R174 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Sprache Und Geschichte (Paperback): Walter Benjamin Sprache Und Geschichte (Paperback)
Walter Benjamin
R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Gesammelte Schriften; BD.1 (Paperback): Walter Benjamin Gesammelte Schriften; BD.1 (Paperback)
Walter Benjamin
R974 R804 Discovery Miles 8 040 Save R170 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Einbahnstrasse (Hardcover): Walter Benjamin Einbahnstrasse (Hardcover)
Walter Benjamin
R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Zur Kritik Der Gewalt Und Andere Aufsatze (Paperback): Walter Benjamin Zur Kritik Der Gewalt Und Andere Aufsatze (Paperback)
Walter Benjamin
R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 2: Part 1 - 1927-1930 (Paperback, New Ed): Walter Benjamin Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 2: Part 1 - 1927-1930 (Paperback, New Ed)
Walter Benjamin; Series edited by Michael W. Jennings, Howard Eiland, Gary Smith
R736 R634 Discovery Miles 6 340 Save R102 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the frenzied final years of the Weimar Republic, amid economic collapse and mounting political catastrophe, Walter Benjamin emerged as the most original practicing literary critic and public intellectual in the German-speaking world. Volume 2 of the "Selected Writings" is now available in paperback in two parts.

In Part 1, Benjamin is represented by two of his greatest literary essays, "Surrealism" and "On the Image of Proust," as well as by a long article on Goethe and a generous selection of his wide-ranging commentary for Weimar Germany's newspapers.

Part 2 contains, in addition to the important longer essays, "Franz Kafka," "Karl Kraus," and "The Author as Producer," the extended autobiographical meditation "A Berlin Chronicle," and extended discussions of the history of photography and the social situation of the French writer, previously untranslated shorter pieces on such subjects as language and memory, theological criticism and literary history, astrology and the newspaper, and on such influential figures as Paul Valery, Stefan George, Hitler, and Mickey Mouse.

Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, 4: 1938-1940 (Paperback, New Ed): Walter Benjamin Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, 4: 1938-1940 (Paperback, New Ed)
Walter Benjamin; Edited by Howard Eiland, Michael W. Jennings
R694 Discovery Miles 6 940 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Every line we succeed in publishing today...is a victory wrested from the powers of darkness." So wrote Walter Benjamin in January 1940. Not long afterward, he himself would fall prey to those powers, a victim of suicide following a failed attempt to flee the Nazis. However insistently the idea of catastrophe hangs over Benjamin's writings in the final years of his life, the "victories wrested" in this period nonetheless constitute some of the most remarkable twentieth-century analyses of the emergence of modern society. The essays on Charles Baudelaire are the distillation of a lifetime of thinking about the nature of modernity. They record the crisis of meaning experienced by a civilization sliding into the abyss, even as they testify to Benjamin's own faith in the written word.

This volume ranges from studies of Baudelaire, Brecht, and the historian Carl Jochmann to appraisals of photography, film, and poetry. At their core is the question of how art can survive and thrive in a tumultuous time. Here we see Benjamin laying out an ethic for the critic and artist--a subdued but resilient heroism. At the same time, he was setting forth a sociohistorical account of how art adapts in an age of violence and repression.

Working at the height of his powers to the very end, Benjamin refined his theory of the mass media that culminated in the final version of his essay "The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility." Also included in this volume is his influential piece "On the Concept of History," completed just before his death. The book is remarkable for its inquiry into the nature of "the modern" (especially as revealed in Baudelaire), for its ideas about thetransmogrification of art and the radical discontinuities of history, and for its examples of humane life and thought in the midst of barbarism. The entire collection is eloquent testimony to the indomitable spirit of humanity under siege.

Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 2: Part 2 - 1931-1934 (Paperback, New Ed): Walter Benjamin Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 2: Part 2 - 1931-1934 (Paperback, New Ed)
Walter Benjamin; Series edited by Michael W. Jennings, Gary Smith, Howard Eiland
R699 Discovery Miles 6 990 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the frenzied final years of the Weimar Republic, amid economic collapse and mounting political catastrophe, Walter Benjamin emerged as the most original practicing literary critic and public intellectual in the German-speaking world. Volume 2 of the "Selected Writings" is now available in paperback in two parts.

In Part 1, Benjamin is represented by two of his greatest literary essays, "Surrealism" and "On the Image of Proust," as well as by a long article on Goethe and a generous selection of his wide-ranging commentary for Weimar Germany's newspapers.

Part 2 contains, in addition to the important longer essays, "Franz Kafka," "Karl Kraus," and "The Author as Producer," the extended autobiographical meditation "A Berlin Chronicle," and extended discussions of the history of photography and the social situation of the French writer, previously untranslated shorter pieces on such subjects as language and memory, theological criticism and literary history, astrology and the newspaper, and on such influential figures as Paul Valery, Stefan George, Hitler, and Mickey Mouse.

Illuminations - Essays and Reflections (Paperback): Walter Benjamin Illuminations - Essays and Reflections (Paperback)
Walter Benjamin
R372 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R70 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Berlin Childhood around 1900 (Paperback, annotated edition): Walter Benjamin Berlin Childhood around 1900 (Paperback, annotated edition)
Walter Benjamin; Introduction by Peter Szondi; Translated by Howard Eiland
R460 R371 Discovery Miles 3 710 Save R89 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Begun in Poveromo, Italy, in 1932, and extensively revised in 1938, Berlin Childhood around 1900 remained unpublished during Walter Benjamin's lifetime, one of his "large-scale defeats." Now translated into English for the first time in book form, on the basis of the recently discovered "final version" that contains the author's own arrangement of a suite of luminous vignettes, it can be more widely appreciated as one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century prose writing. Not an autobiography in the customary sense, Benjamin's recollection of his childhood in an upper-middle-class Jewish home in Berlin's West End at the turn of the century becomes an occasion for unified "expeditions into the depths of memory." In this diagram of his life, Benjamin focuses not on persons or events but on places and things, all seen from the perspective of a child--a collector, flaneur, and allegorist in one. This book is also one of Benjamin's great city texts, bringing to life the cocoon of his childhood--the parks, streets, schoolrooms, and interiors of an emerging metropolis. It reads the city as palimpsest and labyrinth, revealing unexpected lyricism in the heart of the familiar. As an added gem, a preface by Howard Eiland discusses the genesis and structure of the work, which marks the culmination of Benjamin's attempt to do philosophy concretely.

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