Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin:Or, Towards a Revolutionary Criticism

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The classic study of one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century, by the great of socialist critic

This momentous study of Benjamin’s critical practice marks a sea change in Eagleton’s thought. Its goal is not merely to contemplate Benjamin’s approach to language, history, and art but to chart a dynamic new course for contemporary socialist criticism. To do this, Eagleton brushes Benjamin’s Trauerspiel against seventeenth-century British literature, tests his concept of the ‘aura’ against Freud and Lacan, and undertakes his most sustained engagement with Derrida and the political crossroads of deconstruction.

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  • Eagleton's text, saturated with Benjamin's language and yet constantly prising away from it, is wholly absorbing, like an account of a difficult love-affair, or a novel of exchanged identities.

    David ForgacsPoetics Today
  • Eagleton is second to none among cultural critics writing in the English language today.

    Guardian