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Walter Benjamin and the Architecture of Modernity

Walter Benjamin and the Architecture of ModernityBy Andrew Benjamin, Charles Rice

Number Of Pages: 234
Publication Date: 2009-07-25
ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0980544025
ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780980544022

Product Description:
Walter Benjamin is universally recognised as one of the key
thinkers of modernity: his writings on politics, language,
literature, media, theology and law have had an incalculable
influence on contemporary thought. Yet the problem of
architecture in and for Benjamin's work remains relatively
underexamined. Does Benjamin's project have an architecture
and, if so, how does this architecture affect the explicit
propositions that he offers us? In what ways are Benjamin's
writings centrally caught up with architectural concerns,
from the redevelopment of major urban centres to the movements
that individuals can make within the new spaces of modern
cities? How can Benjamin's theses help us to understand the
secret architectures of the present? This volume takes up the
architectural challenge in a number of innovative ways,
collecting essays by both well-known and emerging scholars on
time in cinema, the problem of kitsch, the design of graves
and tombs, the orders of road-signs, childhood experience in
modern cities, and much more. Engaged, interdisciplinary,
bristling with insights, the essays in this collection will
constitute an indispensable supplement to the work of Walter
Benjamin, as well as providing a guide to some of the
obscurities of our own present.

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