Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility, and Other Writings on Media

ISBN-10: 0674024451

ISBN-13: 9780674024458

Edition: 2008

Authors: Walter Benjamin, Michael W. Jennings, Brigid Doherty, Thomas Levin, Edmund Jephcott

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Benjamin's famous "Work of Art" essay sets out his boldest thoughts--on media and on culture in general--in their most realized form, while retaining an edge that gets under the skin of everyone who reads it. In this essay the visual arts of the machine age morph into literature and theory and then back again to images, gestures, and thought. This essay, however, is only the beginning of a vast collection of writings that the editors have assembled to demonstrate what was revolutionary about Benjamin's explorations on media. Long before Marshall McLuhan, Benjamin saw that the way a bullet rips into its victim is exactly the way a movie or pop song lodges in the soul. This book contains the second, and most daring, of the four versions of the "Work of Art" essay--the one that addresses the utopian developments of the modern media. The collection tracks Benjamin's observations on the media as they are revealed in essays on the production and reception of art; on film, radio, and photography; and on the modern transformations of literature and painting. The volume contains some of Benjamin's best-known work alongside fascinating, little-known essays--some appearing for the first time in English. In the context of his passionate engagement with questions of aesthetics, the scope of Benjamin's media theory can be fully appreciated.
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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 5/31/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 374
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) was the author of many works of literary and cultural analysis.

Michael W. Jennings is Class of 1900 Professor of Modern Languages at Princeton University.

?Brigid Doherty is Associate Professor of German and of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University.

A Note on the Texts
Editors' Introduction
The Production, Reproduction, and Reception of the Work of Art
The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility: Second Version
Theory of Distraction
To the Planetarium
Garlanded Entrance
The Rigorous Study of Art
Imperial Panorama
The Telephone
The Author as Producer
Paris, the Capital of the Nineteenth Century
Eduard Fuchs, Collector and Historian
Review of Sternberger's Panorama
Script, Image, Script-Image
Attested Auditor of Books
These Surfaces for Rent
The Antinomies of Allegorical Exegesis
The Ruin
Dismemberment of Language
Graphology Old and New
Painting and Graphics
Painting and the Graphic Arts
On Painting, or Sign and Mark
A Glimpse into the World of Children's Books
Dream Kitsch
Moonlit Nights on the Rue La Boetie
Chambermaids' Romances of the Past Century
Antoine Wiertz: Thoughts and Visions of a Severed Head
Some Remarks on Folk Art
Chinese Paintings at the Bibliotheque Nationale
News about Flowers
Little History of Photography
Letter from Paris (2): Painting and Photography
Review of Freund's Photographie en France au dix-neuvieme siecle
On the Present Situation of Russian Film
Reply to Oscar A. H. Schmitz
Chaplin in Retrospect
Mickey Mouse
The Formula in Which the Dialectical Structure of Film Finds Expression
The Publishing Industry and Radio
A Critique of the Publishing Industry
The Newspaper
Karl Kraus
Reflections on Radio
Theater and Radio
Conversation with Ernst Schoen
Two Types of Popularity: Fundamental Reflections on a Radio Play
On the Minute
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