A Companion to the Works of Walter Benjamin

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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.74 inches | 1.07 pounds

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About the Author

Rolf J. Goebel is Distinguished Prof. of German, Emeritus, University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is the author of Constructing China: Kafka's Orientalist Discourse (CH, 1997) and editor of A Companion to the Works of Walter Benjamin (CH, 2007).
Adrian Daub is professor of comparative literature and German studies at Stanford University, where he also directs the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research. He is the author of Uncivil Unions: The Metaphysics of Marriage in German Idealism and Romanticism and of Four-Handed Monsters: Four-Hand Piano Playing and the Making of Nineteenth Century Domestic Culture.
Bernd Witte, Heinrich Heine Univ. of Düsseldorf, Germany.
Dominik Finkeldeis Professor of Epistemology and Contemporary Philosophy at the Munich School of Philosophy.
Karl Ivan Solibakke is Associate Professor of German and Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for Budget and Long-Range Planning at Syracuse University.


(A) valuable, very readable and often stimulating companion and a real asset to contemporary discussion in the field. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW Taken as a whole, this collection offers us, rather than a "Marxist" Benjamin or a "messianic" Benjamin, what could be called a "digital Benjamin." JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES The authors of the essays in this book do an excellent job of balancing their subjects. GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW This book will stand well among the many essay collections attesting to Benjamin's rich intellectual legacy and to the broad, intense appeal of his work across disciplines as varied, and interrelated, as cultural studies, literature, geography, gender studies, and media studies. CHOICE Goebel presents a wonderful collection of essays that deal with Benjamin's most fundamental concepts on language, rhetoric, translation, fragmentation, montage, messianism, politics, and phantasmagoria. Many of these interdisciplinary essays "re-read" his works against the background of current theoretical conceptualizations (media theory, gender studies, postcolonialism) . . . . (E)xcellent . . . . GERMAN QUARTERLY