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Walter Benjamin and Art : Walter Benjamin Studies Series - Andrew Benjamin

Walter Benjamin and Art

Walter Benjamin Studies Series

By: Andrew Benjamin (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st February 2005
ISBN: 9780826467300
Number Of Pages: 272

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Walter Benjamin's most famous and influential essay remains The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. Walter Benjamin and the Work of Art is the first book to provide a broad and dedicated analysis of this canonical work and its effect upon core contemporary concerns in the visual arts, aesthetics and the history of philosophy.

The book is structured around three distinct areas: the extension of Benjamin's work; the question of historical connection; the importance of the essay in the development of criticism of both the visual arts and literature. Contributors to the volume include major Benjamin commentators, whose work has very much defined the reception of the essay, and leading philosophers, historians and aesthetician, whose approaches open up new areas of interest and relevance.

"This volume of thirteen essays presents reevaluations of Walter Benjamin's short but influential essay, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction..".. Benjamin's influence remains strong, particularly within the disciplines of philosophy, history, aesthetics, and cultural theory. The strength of this book is that it gives a sense of the direction of current Benjamin scholarship from within those disciplines, expressed in terms that5 are accessible to the general academic reader."- Frances Robertson, "Technology and Culture, "July 2006, Vol. 47

Introductionp. 1
Reception in distractionp. 3
The timing of elective affinity : Walter Benjamin's strong aestheticsp. 14
Materialist mutations of the Bilderverbotp. 32
Is there an answer to the aestheticizing of the political?p. 60
Benjamin or Heidegger : aesthetics and politics in an age of technologyp. 73
The work of art in the age of ontological speculation : Walter Benjamin revisitedp. 93
The mimetic bond : Benjamin and the question of technologyp. 108
Aura, stillp. 121
Walter Benjamin and the tectonic unconsciousp. 148
Aura, face, photography : re-reading Benjamin todayp. 164
Benjamin on art and reproducibility : the case of musicp. 185
The work of art in the age of its electronic mutabilityp. 209
Rehearsing revolution and life : the embodiment of Benjamin's artwork essay at the end of the age of mechanical reproductionp. 226
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ISBN: 9780826467300
ISBN-10: 082646730X
Series: Walter Benjamin Studies Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st February 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 16.0  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1