Category Archives: Walter Benjamin

8 Critical Theory books that came out in July 2016

Another useful roundup – Benjamin, Malabou, Althusser et. al., Lefebvre, etc.  

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Top 10 works of fiction by philosophers

Esther Leslie has an interesting piece in The Guardian on fictions by philosophers. Benjamin, Goethe, Marx, Nietzsche et. al. Just one woman in the list. Leslie is one of the translators of Walter Benjamin’s The Storyteller, just out with Verso.

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Books received – Cockburn, Benjamin, Agamben, Skornicki, GeoHumanities

Some recent books – Patrick Cockburn’s The Rise of Islamic State and Walter Benjamin’s The Origins of German Tragic Drama, which I bought in the Verso sale; Arnault Skornicki, La grande soif de l’État. Michel Foucault avec les sciences sociales, which I … Continue reading

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Foucault’s Heterotopia and Benjamin’s Arcade Project – a discussion by Peter Johnson

“Heterotopia and Benjamin’s Arcade Project” – a discussion by Peter Johnson at Heterotopian Studies. I have been asked whether I think there is any productive link between heterotopia and Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project. I went back to Benjamin’s inspirational book … Continue reading

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David Kishik, The Manhattan Project – what would have happened had Walter Benjamin not died?

David Kishik, The Manhattan Project: A Theory of a City. In The Manhattan Project, David Kishik dares to imagine a Walter Benjamin who did not commit suicide in 1940, but managed instead to escape the Nazis to begin a long, solitary … Continue reading

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Sparks Will Fly: Benjamin and Heidegger – new edited collection

Sparks Will Fly: Benjamin and Heidegger, edited by Andrew Benjamin and Dimitris Vardoulakis with SUNY Press. Collected essays consider points of affinity and friction between Walter Benjamin and Martin Heidegger. Despite being contemporaries, Walter Benjamin and Martin Heidegger never directly engaged with one … Continue reading

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Radio Benjamin – Walter Benjamin’s radio transcripts reviewed in Berfrois by David Beer

  Radio Benjamin is reviewed by David Beer in Berfrois. Here’s the opening two paragraphs: Writing at sometime around 1930 or 1931, Walter Benjamin (p.364) suggested that the voice on the radio is a like a visitor in the home, … Continue reading

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Alison Ross, Walter Benjamin’s Concept of the Image

Just published – Alison Ross, Walter Benjamin’s Concept of the Image. In this book, Alison Ross engages in a detailed study of Walter Benjamin’s concept of the image, exploring the significant shifts in Benjamin’s approach to the topic over the course … Continue reading

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Radio Benjamin – Walter Benjamin’s radio transcripts

Walter Benjamin was fascinated by the impact of new technology on culture, an interest that extended beyond his renowned critical essays. From 1927 to ’33, he wrote and presented something in the region of eighty broadcasts using the new medium … Continue reading

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Charlotte Heath-Kelly – Politics of Violence

New book out from my Warwick colleague Charlotte Heath-Kelly – Politics of Violence: Militancy, International Politics, Killing in the Name. Great shame about the price though. Critical thinkers like Foucault, Benjamin, Derrida and Žižek have long challenged the liberal separation of … Continue reading

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