Walter Benjamin: Overpowering Conformism (Modern European Thinkers)
Brand: Pluto Press

Walter Benjamin: Overpowering Conformism (Modern European Thinkers)

  • Publish Date: 2000-06-01
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Esther Leslie

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Esther Leslies path-breaking study of Walter Benjamin is unlike any other book presently available in English on Benjamin, in seeking to make a case for a more politicised reading of Benjamins oeuvre. In looking at the entirety of Benjamins work - rather than the four or five essays available in English which tend to form the Benjamin canon - Leslie offers powerful new insights into a key twentieth-century political thinker, correcting the post-structuralist bias that has characterised so much Benjamin scholarship, and repositioning Benjamins work in its historical and political context. In her examination of Benjamins commentary on the politics and aesthetics of technology - from Benjamins work on nineteenth-century industrial culture to his analyses of the Nazi deployment of the bomber - Esther Leslie recontextualises Benjamins writings in a lucid and cogently argued new study.

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