Journals Higher Education



Published: 16 June 2005

224 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719064371

Bookseller Code (06)


Reading Walter Benjamin

Writing through the catastrophe

Richard J. Lane

Published by Manchester University Press

  • The book uses the new Harvard University Press Translation of Benjamin's essays, fragments and his 'Arcades Project', with substantial reference to previously untranslated material
  • The book places Benjamin's work in its German-Jewish historical, philosophical and theological contexts, but does this gradually starting with the historical-based chapters first, providing the necessary groundwork for readers new to Benjamin, and then moving on to more theoretical concepts
  • The book provides unique readings of aesthetics and literary experimentalism via Benjamin and the works of British artist Rachel Whiteread and author B. S. Johnson (the latter reading adding to significant monographs on B.S. Johnson that MUP have published/are publishing)
  • The book provides a new reading of 'The Arcades Project', a text which has been increasingly studied by a wide range of theorists, arts-practitioners, and literary-critics since its translation into English in 1999
  • Allows entry for the non-specialist into complex areas of critical theory, as well as providing original readings of Benjamin and twentieth-century arts and literature for the more advanced scholar