Walter Benjamin's magnum opus was a book he did not live to write. In "The Dialectics of Seeing, " Susan Buck-Morss offers an inventive reconstruction of the "Passagen-Werk, " or "Arcades Project, " as it might have taken form.
Wonderfully imaginative...Like Benjamin, Buck-Morss is a surrealist explorer, her mysteries unraveled by intuition, revealed by illusion. -- Eugen Weber * The New Republic * Buck-Morss has written a wonderful book. Although rigorously analytic, the book doesn't sacrifice those qualities in Benjamin's writing that are not reducible to method. His lyrical, hallucinatory evocation of the city as a place of dreams, myths, expectations. -- Herbert Muschamp * Artforum *
Part 1: temporal origins; spatial origins. Part 2: natural history - fossil; mythic history - fetish; mythic nature - wish image; historical nature - ruin. Part 3: is this philosophy?; dream world of mass culture; materialist pedagogy; afterword - revolutionary inheritance.
Series: Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought (Paperback)
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st July 1991
Publisher: AMITY PUB CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.0 x 22.8
Weight (kg): 0.69