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Benjamin, Walter 1892-1940

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Illuminations by Walter Benjamin( Book )

112 editions published between 1955 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 2,592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book contains studies on contemporary art and culture by one of the most original, critical and analytical minds of this century. Illuminations includes Benjamin's views on Kafka, with whom he felt the closest personal affinity, his studies on Baudelaire and Proust (both of whom he translated), his essays on Leskov and on Brecht's Epic Theater. Also included are his penetrating study on "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," an illuminating discussion of translation as a literary mode, and his thesis on the philosophy of history. Hannah Arendt selected the essays for this volume and prefaces them with a substantial, admirably informed introduction that presents Benjamin's personality and intellectual development, as well as his work and his life in dark times. - Publisher
The origin of German tragic drama by Walter Benjamin( Book )

192 editions published between 1928 and 2019 in 8 languages and held by 2,401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 Calderón'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.--
One-way street by Walter Benjamin( )

88 editions published between 1928 and 2020 in 10 languages and held by 1,377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One-Way Street is a thoroughfare unlike anything else in literature--by turns exhilarating and bewildering, requiring mental agility and a special kind of urban literacy. Presented here in a new edition with expanded notes, this genre-defying meditation on the semiotics of late-1920s Weimar culture offers a fresh opportunity to encounter Walter Benjamin at his most virtuosic and experimental, writing in a vein that anticipates later masterpieces such as 'On the Concept of History' and The Arcades Project. Composed of sixty short prose pieces that vary wildly in style and theme, One-Way Street evokes a dense cityscape of shops, cafes, and apartments, alive with the hubbub of social interactions and papered over with public inscriptions of all kinds: advertisements, signs, posters, slogans. Benjamin avoids all semblance of linear narrative, presenting readers with a seemingly random sequence of aphorisms, reminiscences, jokes, off-the-cuff observations, dreamlike fantasias, serious philosophical inquiries, apparently unserious philosophical parodies, and trenchant political commentaries. Providing remarkable insight into the occluded meanings of everyday things, Benjamin time and again proves himself the unrivalled interpreter of what he called 'the soul of the commodity.' Despite the diversity of its individual sections, Benjamin's text is far from formless. Drawing on the avant-garde aesthetics of Dada, Constructivism, and Surrealism, its unusual construction implies a practice of reading that cannot be reduced to simple formulas. Still refractory, still radical, One-Way Street is a work in perpetual progress."--Provided by publisher
Understanding Brecht by Walter Benjamin( Book )

129 editions published between 1966 and 2003 in 6 languages and held by 1,327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an invaluable collection of essays and diary entries that sheds as much light on Benjamin himself as it does on his truculent and difficult friend Brecht. Another way of putting that is that the Brecht this book sheds light on is Benjamin's Brecht, who is also, due to the high esteem we hold Benjamin in, a Brecht with a good deal of currency in the field today
The arcades project by Walter Benjamin( Book )

42 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 1,215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on the arcades of 19th-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. 46 illustrations
Berlin childhood around 1900 by Walter Benjamin( Book )

136 editions published between 1950 and 2021 in 6 languages and held by 862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Review: Berlin Childhood around 1900 remained unpublished during Walter Benjamin's lifetime. 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. 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
The writer of modern life : essays on Charles Baudelaire by Walter Benjamin( Book )

11 editions published in 2006 in English and German and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walter Benjamin's essays on the great French lyric poet Charles Baudelaire revolutionized not just the way we think about Baudelaire, but our understanding of modernity and modernism as well. In these essays, Benjamin challenges the image of Baudelaire as late-Romantic dreamer, and evokes instead the modern poet caught in a life-or-death struggle with the forces of the urban commodity capitalism that had emerged in Paris around 1850. The Baudelaire who steps forth from these pages is the flâneur who affixes images as he strolls through mercantile Paris, the ragpicker who collects urban detritus only to turn it into poetry, the modern hero willing to be marked by modern life in its contradictions and paradoxes. He is in every instance the modern artist forced to commodify his literary production: "Baudelaire knew how it stood with the poet: as a flâneur he went to the market; to look it over, as he thought, but in reality to find a buyer." Benjamin reveals Baudelaire as a social poet of the very first rank. --Publisher
Der Begriff der Kunstkritik in der deutschen Romantik by Walter Benjamin( Book )

59 editions published between 1920 and 2019 in 5 languages and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deutsche Menschen by Walter Benjamin( Book )

66 editions published between 1936 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of literary letters by major German writers, philosophers and politicians. Spans the period 1783-1883
Charles Baudelaire: a lyric poet in the era of high capitalism by Walter Benjamin( Book )

26 editions published between 1973 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First translated in English in 1973, this is a study of the French lyric poet Charles Baudelaire. It should be useful as a text for readers of both Benjamin and Baudelaire, and for students of French literature
Reflections : essays, aphorisms, autobiographical writing by Walter Benjamin( Book )

4 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A companion volume to Illuminations (also available in Schocken paperback), Reflections presents a new sampling of Walter Benjamin's wide-ranging work. In addition to literary criticism, it contains autobiographical narration and travel pieces, aphorisms, and philosophical-theological speculations
Gesammelte Schriften by Walter Benjamin( Book )

107 editions published between 1972 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With a provisional 'Inhaltsverzeichnis' for Bd 1-4 (70p ; 1977)
Illuminationen; ausgewählte Schriften by Walter Benjamin( Book )

61 editions published between 1955 and 1986 in 4 languages and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unpacking my library : architects and their books by Walter Benjamin( Book )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Catalan and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What does a library say about the mind of its owner? How do books map the intellectual interests, curiosities, tastes, and personalities of their readers? What does the collecting of books have in common with the practice of architecture? Unpacking My Library provides an intimate look at the personal libraries of twelve of the world's leading architects, alongside conversations about the significance of books to their careers and lives. Photographs of bookshelves -- displaying well-loved and rare volumes, eclectic organizational schemes, and the individual touches that make a bookshelf one's own -- provide an evocative glimpse of their owner's personal life. Each architect also presents a reading list of top ten influential titles, from architectural history to theory to fiction and nonfiction, that serves as a personal philosophy of literature and history, and advice on what every young architect, scholar, and lover of architecture should read."--Publisher description
Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit; drei Studien zur Kunstsoziologie by Walter Benjamin( Book )

49 editions published between 1963 and 2012 in German and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gesammelte Schriften by Walter Benjamin( Book )

38 editions published between 1972 and 2006 in German and Undetermined and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Myth and metropolis : Walter Benjamin and the city by Graeme Gilloch( Book )

3 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of Benjamin's lifelong fascination with the city and forms of metropolitan experience. Benjamin's critical account of the modern urban environment is traced through a number of key texts. This book highlights their relevance for our contemporary understanding of modernity
Angelus novus : ausgewählte Schriften, 2 by Walter Benjamin( Book )

43 editions published between 1966 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"La figura de Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) no ha hecho sino crecer con el transcurso del tiempo. A ello no resultado ajeno, sin la menor duda, su percepción lúcida de las consecuencias destructivas de la modernización capitalista y la encrucijada epocal que bajo la égida del progreso, como analizó Benjamín, es capaz de destruir la civilización. Su crítica del progreso destructivo (que había reforzado e impulsado el desarrollo económico bajo condiciones de producción y de organización social capitalista), se situaba, salvando las distancias, con el pensamiento crítico de autores como Ferdinand Tonnies, Georges Sorel, Hnery George, entre otros críticos contemporáneos de la modernidad"--Page IX
Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit : drei Studien zur Kunstsoziologie by Walter Benjamin( Book )

62 editions published between 1963 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zur Kritik der Gewalt und andere Aufsätze by Walter Benjamin( Book )

49 editions published between 1965 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Ardor 1892-1940

Banyaming 1892-1940

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Benjaminin, Walter Bendix Schönflies 1892-1940

Benjamins, V. (Valters), 1892-1940

Benjamiņš, Valters, 1892-1940

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Benʼyamin, Varutā 1892-1940

Benyāmîn, Walṭer 1892-1940

Benyaming, Waerte 1892-1940

Binyāmīn, Fāltir 1892-1940

Binyamin V. 1892-1940

Binyamin, Ṿalṭer 1892-1940

Binyāmîn, Walṭer 1892-1940

Binyamiyn, Walṭer

Binyamiyn Walṭer 1892-1940

Conrad C.

Conrad, C. 1892-1940

Gualterius Benjamin

Holz D. 1892-1940

Holz, Detlef.

Holz Detlef 1892-1940

Holz Detlev

Holz Detlev 1892-1940

Mpengiamin, Balter 1892-1940

Peñcamin̲, Vālṭṭar 1892-1940

Penyamin, Palt'ŏ, 1892-1940

Schönflies, Bendix 1892-1940

Schönflies, Benedix

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Waerte-Benyaming 1892-1940

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Walter Benjamin German literary critic, philosopher and social critic (1892-1940)

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Βάλτερ Μπένγιαμιν Γερμανός κριτικός και φιλόσοφος

Μπένγιαμιν Βάλτερ (1892-1940)

Беньямин В. 1892-1940

Беньямин Вальтер

Беньямин, Вальтер 1892-1940

Валтер Бенямин германски литературовед, философ, есеист и преводач

Валтер Бенјамин германски филозоф, општествен и книжевен критичар

Вальтер Беньямин немецкий философ, теоретик истории, эстетик, историк фотографии, литературный критик, писатель и переводчик

Вальтер Беньямін

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בנימין, ולטר

בנימין, ולטר 1892־1940

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발터 벤야민

벤야민, W. 1892-1940

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벤야민, 발터 1892-1940


ヴァルター・ベンヤミン 1892-1940

ベンヤミン, W.

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ベンヤミン, ヴァルタ- 1892-1940

本雅明, 瓦尓徳

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本雅明, 瓦尔特 1892-1940




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