RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 179801145 LA English T1 Benjamin's -abilities A1 Weber, Samuel,, Benjamin, Walter,, PB Harvard University Press PP Cambridge, Mass. YR 2008 SN 9780674028371 0674028376 9780674046061 0674046064 AB ""There is no world of thought that is not a world of language," Walter Benjamin remarked, "and one only sees in the world what is preconditioned by language." In this book, Samuel Weber reveals a new and productive aspect of Benjamin's thought by focusing on a little-discussed stylistic trait in his formulation of concepts." "Weber's focus is the critical suffix "--Ability" that Benjamin so tellingly deploys in his work. The "-ability" of concepts and literary forms traverses the whole of Benjamin's oeuvre, from "impartibility" and "criticizability" through the well-known formulations of "citability," "translatability," and, most famously, the "reproducibility" of "The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility.""--Jacket.