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Benjamin, Walter (1892–1940)

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


German Marxist cultural and literary theorist, born in Berlin, a member of the Frankfurt School. Benjamin's ironic writings on art and culture initiated many themes at the center of current philosophical assessments of modernity. He was drawn to popular culture, especially theater, photography, and cinema, and to the experience of European urban life in a period of crisis. His critical and theoretical originality grew from close attention to social and aesthetic phenomena that he explored. His main works include The Origin of German Tragic Drama (1928) and Illuminations (1968). ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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