No other single author has so commanding a critical presence across so many disciplines within the arts and humanities, in so many national contexts, as Walter Benjamin (1892-1940). The belated reception of his work as a literary critic (dating from the late 1950s) has been followed by a rapid series of critical receptions in different contexts: Frankfurt Critical Theory and Marxism, Judaism, Film Theory, Post-structuralism, Philosophical Romanticism, and Cultural Studies.
This collection brings together a selection of the most critically important items in the literature, across the full range of Benjamin's cultural-theoretical interests, from all periods of the reception of his writings, but focusing upon the most recent, to produce a comprehensive overview of the best critical literature.
Table of Contents
Volume I: Philosophy Part 1: Knowledge and Language Part 2: Time and History Part 3: Politics and Law Volume II: Modernity Part 1: Romanticism and Criticism Part 2: Figures of Modernity Part 3: Art, Technology and Cultural Form Volume III: Appropriations Part 1: Marxism Part 2: Judaism Part 3: Feminism, Psychoanalysis, Cultural Studies Part 4: Postcolonial and Transnational Perspectives