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Title One-way street / Walter Benjamin ; translated by Edmund Jephcott ; edited and with an introduction by Michael W. Jennings ; preface by Greil Marcus.
Author Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940, author.
Publication Cambridge, Massachusetts : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016.
Description 105 pages ; 20 cm
Call # 838.09 B
Note Translated from the German.
"'One-Way Street' originally appeared in English in Reflections by Walter Benjamin"--Title page verso.
Summary "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.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Aphorisms and apothegms.
Epigrams.
Philosophy, German -- 20th century.
Aphorisms and apothegms. (OCoLC)fst00811330
Epigrams. (OCoLC)fst00914131
Philosophy, German. (OCoLC)fst01060969
1900-1999
(fast)Aphorisms and apothegms
(fast)Philosophy, German
Genre Epigrams. (OCoLC)fst01921644
Sayings. (OCoLC)fst01920779
Sayings.
Epigrams.
Addl. Author Jephcott, E. F. N., translator.
Jennings, Michael William, editor, writer of introduction.
Marcus, Greil, writer of preface.
Addl. Title Einbahnstrasse. English
Related To Translation of: Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940. Einbahnstrasse. Frankfurt am Main : Suhrkamp, 1955 (OCoLC)14152569
Contained in (work): Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940. Works. Selections. English. 1978. Reflections. New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, ©1978 0156762455 (DLC) 78023499 (OCoLC)4493953
ISBN 9780674052291 (alk. paper)
0674052293 (alk. paper)
Standard # 40025990843
1 hold on first copy returned of 1 copy

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