Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin, 1892–1940, German essayist and critic. He is known for his synthesis of eccentric Marxist theory and Jewish messianism. In particular, his essays on Charles Baudelaire and Franz Kafka as well as his speculation on symbolism, allegory, and the function of art in a mechanical age have profoundly affected contemporary criticism. Benjamin was influenced by his close friendship with the historian of Jewish mysticism Gershom Gerhard Scholem. In 1933, he moved to France because of the rise of the Nazis. When the Nazis invaded France, he fled to Spain, was denied entry, and committed suicide.

Bibliography

See collections of his essays ed. by H. Arendt (1968, 1978); his Moscow Diary (1986); The Correspondence of Walter Benjamin, 1910–1940 (1966, tr. 1994), ed. by Manfred R. and Evelyn M. Jacobson; G. Scholem, Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship (tr. 1981); biography by H. Eiland and M. W. Jennings (2014); studies by R. Wolin (1982), S. Handelman (1991), and B. Witte (1991).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Walter Benjamin: Selected full-text books and articles

Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader By David Lodge; Nigel Wood Pearson, 2000 (2nd edition)
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The Deepening of Apperception: On Walter Benjamin's Theory of Film By Gasche, Rodolphe Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 41, No. 4, December 2008
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Gardening in the Age of Electronic (Re)production: Walter Benjamin and the Work of Teaching By Langhorst, Barbara Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 38, No. 4, December 2005
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"And G-D Said": Language, Translation, and Scripture in Two Works by Walter Benjamin By Smerick, Christina M Shofar, Vol. 27, No. 2, Winter 2009
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Remembering Walter Benjamin: Benjamin and His Biographers By Greenberg, Udi E Biography, Vol. 30, No. 2, Spring 2007
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Walter Benjamin's Myth of the Flaneur By Lauster, Martina The Modern Language Review, Vol. 102, No. 1, January 2007
Walter Benjamin and the Demands of History By Michael P. Steinberg Cornell University Press, 1996
Body - and Image - Space: Re-Reading Walter Benjamin By Sigrid Weigel; Georgina Paul; Rachel McNicholl; Jeremy Gaines Routledge, 1996
Walter Benjamin and the Aesthetics of Power By L. T. Koepnick University of Nebraska Press, 1999
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