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Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project : Walter Benjamin Studies - Beatrice Hanssen

Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project

Walter Benjamin Studies

Hardcover Published: 10th August 2006
ISBN: 9780826463869
Number Of Pages: 306

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One of the most significant cultural documents of the Weimar Republic and Nazi era, Walter Benjamin's unfinished Arcades Project has had a remarkable impact on present-day cultural theory, urban studies, cultural studies and literary interpretation. Originally designed as a panoramic study chronicling the rise and decline of the Parisian shopping arcades, Benjamin's work combines imaginative peregrinations through the changing city-scape of nineteenth-century Paris with passages that read like a blueprint for a new cultural theory of modernity.

Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project provides the first comprehensive introduction to this extraordinary work accessible to English-language readers. The diverse range of issues explored include the nature of collecting, the anatomy of melancholy, the flâneur, the physiognomy of ruins, the dialectical image, Benjamin's relation to Baudelaire, the practice of history-writing, and modernity and architecture. Contributors include Susan Buck-Morss, Stanley Cavell, Jonathan Culler, Brigid Doherty, Barbara Johnson, Esther Leslie, Gerhard Richter, Andrew Benjamin, Howard Caygill, Beatrice Hanssen, Detlef Mertins, Elissa Marder, Tyrus Miller, and Irving Wohlfarth

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Abbreviationsp. vii
Illustrationsp. viii
Introduction: Physiognomy of a Flâneur: Walter Benjamin's Peregrinations through Paris in Search of a New Imaginaryp. 1
Et Cetera? The Historian as Chiffonnierp. 12
The Flâneur, the Sandwichman and the Whore: The Politics of Loiteringp. 33
Passage Workp. 66
Ruin and Rubble in the Arcadesp. 87
Gebeimmittel: Advertising and Dialectical Images in Benjamin's Arcades Projectp. 113
A Matter of Distance: Benjamin's One-Way Street through The Arcadesp. 132
'The Colportage Phenomenon of Space' and the Place of Montage in The Arcades Projectp. 157
Walter Benjamin's Dream of 'Happiness'p. 184
The Dream-Reality of the Ruinp. 201
The Enticing and Threatening Face of Prehistory: Walter Benjamin and the Utopia of Glassp. 225
'Glass before Its Time, Premature Iron': Architecture, Temporality and Dream in Benjamin's Arcades Projectp. 240
Remains to be Seenp. 259
Notesp. 265
Contributorsp. 299
Indexp. 302
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ISBN: 9780826463869
ISBN-10: 082646386X
Series: Walter Benjamin Studies
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 10th August 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.0  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1