Gesammelte Schriften

Author: Walter Benjamin
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674945867
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Literary Criticism

In the frenzied final years of the Weimar Republic, amid economic collapse and mourning political catastrophe, Walter Benjamin emerged as the most original practicing literary critic and public intellectual in the German-speaking world. Volume 2 of Selected Writings, covering the years 1927 to 1934, displays the full spectrum of Benjamin's achievements at this pivotal stage in his career. Previously concerned chiefly with literary theory, Benjamin during these Years does pioneering work in new areas, from the stud of popular Culture (a discipline he virtually created) to theories of the media and the visual arts. His writings on the theory of modernity-most of them new to readers of English--develop ideas as important to an understanding of the twentieth century as an contained in his widely anthologiied essay "The Work of Art in the Age of Technological Reproducibility. This volume brings together previously untranslated writings on major figures such as Brecht, Valéry and Gide, and on subjects ranging from film, radio, and the novel to memory, kitsch, and the theory of language. We find the manifoldly inquisitive Benjamin musing on the new modes of perception opened tip by techniques of photographic enlargement and cinematic montage, on the life and work of & Goethe at Weimar, on the fascination of old toys and the mysteries of food, and on the allegorical significance of Mickey Mouse.

Gesammelte Schriften

Author: Max Liebermann
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 9783862670314
Release Date: 2010

"Ich schreibe als Maler, gleichsam mit dem Pinsel in der Hand, und ich suche daher die Wirkungen, die das Kunstwerk auf mich aus bt, soviel als m glich aus den Mitteln, deren sich der K nstler bedient hat, zu erkl ren" (Max Liebermann in Erscheinung und Phantasie 1916). Max Liebermann (1847-1935) - einer der bedeutendsten Vertreter der impressionistischen Malerei - hinterlie der Nachwelt neben seinen Gem lden eine Vielzahl autobiografischer und kunsttheoretischer Schriften. In diesen Texten, die erstmalig 1922 in einem Sammelband ver ffentlicht wurden, dokumentiert Liebermann seinen pers nlichen Werdegang und formuliert - unter Bezugnahme auf zahlreiche ber hmte K nstler - die wesentlichen Ideen seiner Kunsttheorie und -kritik.

Selected Writings 1935 1938

Author: Walter Benjamin
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674008960
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Philosophy

Radical critic of a European civilization plunging into darkness, yet commemorator of the humane traditions of the old bourgeoisie--such was Walter Benjamin in the later 1930s. This volume, the third in a four-volume set, offers twenty-seven brilliant pieces, nineteen of which have never before been translated. The centerpiece, A Berlin Childhood around 1900, marks the first appearance in English of one of the greatest German works of the twentieth century: a profound and beautiful account of the vanished world of Benjamin's privileged boyhood, recollected in exile. No less remarkable are the previously untranslated second version of Benjamin's most famous essay, "The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility," with its striking insights into the relations between technology and aesthetics, and German Men and Women, a book in which Benjamin collects twenty-six letters by distinguished Germans from 1783 to 1883 in an effort to preserve what he called the true humanity of German tradition from the debasement of fascism. Volume 3 also offers extensively annotated translations of essays that are key to Benjamin's rewriting of the story of modernism and modernity--such as "The Storyteller" and "Paris, the Capital of the Nineteenth Century"--as well as a fascinating diary from 1938 and penetrating studies of Bertolt Brecht, Franz Kafka, and Eduard Fuchs. A narrative chronology details Benjamin's life during these four harrowing years of his exile in France and Denmark. This is an essential collection for anyone interested in his work.