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Jennings, Michael William

Works: 37 works in 212 publications in 3 languages and 5,441 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Literature  History  Periodicals  Case studies  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PT2603.E455, 838.91209
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Selected writings by Walter Benjamin( Book )
in English and held by 906 libraries worldwide
The writer of modern life : essays on Charles Baudelaire by Walter Benjamin( Book )
7 editions published in 2006 in English and German and held by 586 libraries worldwide
Walter Benjamin's essays on the great French lyric poet Charles Baudelaire revolutionized not just the way we think about Baudelaire, but our understanding of modernity and modernism as well. In these essays, Benjamin challenges the image of Baudelaire as late-Romantic dreamer, and evokes instead the modern poet caught in a life-or-death struggle with the forces of the urban commodity capitalism that had emerged in Paris around 1850. The Baudelaire who steps forth from these pages is the flâneur who affixes images as he strolls through mercantile Paris, the ragpicker who collects urban detritus only to turn it into poetry, the modern hero willing to be marked by modern life in its contradictions and paradoxes. He is in every instance the modern artist forced to commodify his literary production: "Baudelaire knew how it stood with the poet: as a flâneur he went to the market; to look it over, as he thought, but in reality to find a buyer." Benjamin reveals Baudelaire as a social poet of the very first rank. --Publisher
Walter Benjamin : a critical life by Howard Eiland( Book )
13 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 551 libraries worldwide
Walter Benjamin is one of the twentieth century's most important intellectuals, and also one of its most elusive. His writings--mosaics incorporating philosophy, literary criticism, Marxist analysis, and a syncretistic theology--defy simple categorization. And his mobile, often improvised existence has proven irresistible to mythologizers. His writing career moved from the brilliant esotericism of his early writings through his emergence as a central voice in Weimar culture and on to the exile years, with its pioneering studies of modern media and the rise of urban commodity capitalism in Paris. That career was played out amid some of the most catastrophic decades of modern European history: the horror of the First World War, the turbulence of the Weimar Republic, and the lengthening shadow of fascism. Now, a major new biography from two of the world's foremost Benjamin scholars reaches beyond the mosaic and the mythical to present this intriguing figure in full. Howard Eiland and Michael Jennings make available for the first time a rich store of information which augments and corrects the record of an extraordinary life. They offer a comprehensive portrait of Benjamin and his times as well as extensive commentaries on his major works, including "The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility," the essays on Baudelaire, and the great study of the German Trauerspiel. Sure to become the standard reference biography of this seminal thinker, Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life will prove a source of inexhaustible interest for Benjamin scholars and novices alike
Dialectical images : Walter Benjamin's theory of literary criticism by Michael William Jennings( Book )
9 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 411 libraries worldwide
Selected writings by Walter Benjamin( Book )
78 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 389 libraries worldwide
Volume I of the Selected Writings brings together essays long and short, academic treatises, reviews, fragments, and privately circulated pronouncements. Fully five-sixths of this material has never before been translated into English. The contents begin in 1913, when Benjamin, as an undergraduate in imperial Germany, was president of a radical youth group, and take us through 1926, when he had already begun, with his explorations of the world of mass culture, to emerge as a critical voice in Weimar Germany's most influential journals. The volume includes a number of his most important works, including "Two Poems by Friedrich Holderlin," "Goethe's Elective Affinities," "The Concept of Criticism in German Romanticism," "The Task of the Translator," and "One Way Street." He is as compelling and insightful when musing on riddles or children's books as he is when dealing with weightier issues such as the philosophy of language, symbolic logic, or epistemology. We meet Benjamin the youthful idealist, the sober moralist, the political theorist, the experimentalist, the translator, and, above all, the virtual king of criticism, with his magisterial exposition of the basic problems of aesthetics. Benjamin's sentences provoke us to return to them again and again, luring us as though with the promise of some final revelation that is always being postponed. He is by turns fierce and tender, melancholy and ebullient; he is at once classically rooted, even archaic, in his explorations of the human psyche and the world of things, and strikingly progressive in his attitude toward society and what he likes to call the organs of the collective (its architectures, fashions, signboards). Throughout, he displays a far-sighted urgency, judging the present on the basis of possible futures. And he is gifted with a keen sense of humor. Mysterious though he may sometimes be (his Latvian love, Asia Lacis, once described him as a visitor from another planet), Benjamin remains perhaps the most consistently surprising and challenging of critical writers. -- Publisher
G : an avant-garde journal of art, architecture, design, and film, 1923-1926 by Detlef Mertins( Book )
16 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 278 libraries worldwide
While preserving the original graphic design of G, this book makes the journal available for the first time in English and includes an introduction and several incisive essays that explore G's contributions to art, architecture, design, and film. Both an invaluable resource to art historians and a delight to all those interested in graphic design, the rebirth of G will fascinate and enthrall a new generation. -- Publisher
Walter Benjamin : selected writings. Vol. 4, 1938-1940 by Walter Benjamin( Book )
7 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 58 libraries worldwide
This volume covers studies of Baudelaire, Brecht, and the historian Carl Jochmann to appraisals of photography, film, and poetry, with the underlying question of how art can survive and thrive in a tumultuous time. Here Benjamin lays out an ethic for the critic and artist of a subdued but resilient heroism
One-way street by Walter Benjamin( Book )
4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 39 libraries worldwide
"One-Way Street is a thoroughfare unlike anything else in literature--by turns exhilarating and bewildering, requiring mental agility and a special kind of urban literacy. Presented here in a new edition with expanded notes, this genre-defying meditation on the semiotics of late-1920s Weimar culture offers a fresh opportunity to encounter Walter Benjamin at his most virtuosic and experimental, writing in a vein that anticipates later masterpieces such as 'On the Concept of History' and The Arcades Project. Composed of sixty short prose pieces that vary wildly in style and theme, One-Way Street evokes a dense cityscape of shops, cafes, and apartments, alive with the hubbub of social interactions and papered over with public inscriptions of all kinds: advertisements, signs, posters, slogans. Benjamin avoids all semblance of linear narrative, presenting readers with a seemingly random sequence of aphorisms, reminiscences, jokes, off-the-cuff observations, dreamlike fantasias, serious philosophical inquiries, apparently unserious philosophical parodies, and trenchant political commentaries. Providing remarkable insight into the occluded meanings of everyday things, Benjamin time and again proves himself the unrivalled interpreter of what he called 'the soul of the commodity.' Despite the diversity of its individual sections, Benjamin's text is far from formless. Drawing on the avant-garde aesthetics of Dada, Constructivism, and Surrealism, its unusual construction implies a practice of reading that cannot be reduced to simple formulas. Still refractory, still radical, One-Way Street is a work in perpetual progress."--Provided by publisher
G : material for elemental form-creation ( Book )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 10 libraries worldwide
Selected writings by Walter Benjamin( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
The mortification of the text : the development of Walter Benjamin's theory of literary criticism, 1912-1924 by Michael William Jennings( Book )
6 editions published between 1981 and 1985 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
Developmental genetics of human haemoglobin by Michael William Jennings( Book )
3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
The charitable impulse : NGOs & development in East & North-East Africa ( Book )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
This book provides an account of issues facing NGO's today. Each chapter, a case study based on fieldwork, seeks to identify and analyse the roots of problems, past and present, which have led to the current dilemma facing charitable organisations
Walter Benjamin : selected writings. vol 2 part 1 by Walter Benjamin( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
In the frenzied final years of the Weimar Republic, amid economic collapse and mounting political catastrophe, Walter Benjamin emerged as the most original practicing literary critic and public intellectual in the German-speaking world. In Part 1, Benjamin is represented by two of his greatest literary essays, "Surrealism" and "On the Image of Proust," as well as by a long article on Goethe and a generous selection of his wide-ranging commentary for Weimar Germany's newspapers. -- Publisher
Selected writings by Walter Benjamin( Book )
in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Selected writings by Walter Benjamin( Book )
in English and held by 1 library worldwide
The Weimar moment : liberalism, political theology, and law by Leonard V Kaplan( file )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
The lessons that we learn from the brilliance of the scholarship from Weimar Germany and its continued relevance to the contemporary scene define the spirit of the essays in this volume. Academic analysis is the beginning of institutional response to avoid reoccurrence of past political nihilism and catastrophe. This volume presents a predicate for such effective defense
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Alternative Names
Jennings, Michael W.
Jennings, Michael W., 1950-
Jennings, Michael William
English (156)
Italian (3)
German (1)
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