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A companion to the works of Walter Benjamin, edited by Rolf J. Goebel, (electronic book)

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A companion to the works of Walter Benjamin
Title
A companion to the works of Walter Benjamin
Statement of responsibility
edited by Rolf J. Goebel
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Language
eng
Summary
Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) has emerged as one of the leading cultural critics of the twentieth century. His work encompasses aesthetics, metaphysical language and narrative theories, German literary history, philosophies of history, the intersection of Marxism and Messianic thought, urban topography, and the development of photography and film. Central to European modernism, Benjamin's texts are indebted to traditions such as the Baroque and Romanticism while reflecting the cataclysmic political changes before the Second World War. Nonetheless, Benjamin's disavowal of strict philosophical systems, his highly allusive arguments, metaphorical conceptualizations, and montage-like thought figures allow his texts to be reinterpreted in today's culture and in contemporary disciplines in ways that often go beyond his original intentions and historical contexts. Benjamin defined the task of the critic as one that blasts endangered moments of the past out of the continuum of history so that they attain new significance. This volume of new essays employs this principle of actualization as its methodological program in offering a new advanced introduction to Benjamin's own work. The essays analyze Benjamin's central texts, themes, terminologies, and genres in their original contexts while simultaneously situating them in new parameters, such as contemporary media, memory culture, constructions of gender, postcoloniality, and theories of urban topographies. Thus Benjamin's significance today emerges not as a uniform presence of established texts and their accepted readings, but as a dynamic network of his work's affiliations with other texts, other cultures, other times. The 'Companion' brings together an international group of established and emerging scholars to explicate Benjamin's actuality from a multidisciplinary perspective. Designed for audiences interested in literary criticism, cultural studies, and neighboring disciplines, the volume serves as a stimulus for new debates about the critic's intellectual legacy today. Rolf J. Goebel is Professor of German at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is the author of 'Kritik und Revision: Kafkas Rezeption mythologischer, biblischer und historischer Traditionen' (1986), 'Constructing China: Kafka's Orientalist Discourse' (1997), and 'Benjamin heute: Großstadtdiskurs, Postkolonialität und Flanerie zwischen den Kulturen' (2001). He is also a coauthor of 'A Franz Kafka Encyclopedia' (2005) and has written articles on Kafka, Benjamin, orientalism, representations of urban topographies, especially Berlin, and other topics in modern literature and culture
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StDuBDS
Dewey number
838.91209
Index
index present
LC call number
PT2603.E455
LC item number
Z595 2009
Literary form
non fiction
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1952-
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Goebel, Rolf J.
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Benjamin, Walter
Label
A companion to the works of Walter Benjamin, edited by Rolf J. Goebel, (electronic book)
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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DAW19038784
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 314 p.)
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9781571137272
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
Label
A companion to the works of Walter Benjamin, edited by Rolf J. Goebel, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
DAW19038784
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 314 p.)
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9781571137272
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote

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