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Benjamin's Blind Spot: Walter Benjamin and the Premature Death of Aura

Patt, Lise

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ISBN 10: 1889917052 / ISBN 13: 9781889917054
Published by Inst of Cultural Inquiry, Los Angele, 2001
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Benjamin's Blind Spot: Walter Benjamin and ...

Publisher: Inst of Cultural Inquiry, Los Angele

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Good

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Walter Benjamin's 1936 essay ''The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction'' revolutionized the way we look at the social function of the work of art, and the paradigms through which we appreciate it. Using this legendary essay--and its idea of the "aura" in unique works of art--as a springboard, the essays collected in Benjamin's Blind Spot apply Benjamin's insights to a wide range of topics. Subjects range from Benjamin's use of hashish to an analysis of Woody Allen's Zelig, from Wallace Stevens to the early recordings of Elvis Presley, and from the dark epiphanies behind Jackson Pollock's work to the question of whether Benjamin's model is even relevant to contemporary issues. In the same volume, presented in the text's margins, is The Manual of Lost Ideas, a massive manuscript that arrived at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry via an anonymous bequest in 1955. Speculated to be thousands of years old, this is the first time the Manual has been published in over two centuries.

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