COML 4429

COML 4429

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This extraordinary figure died in 1941, and his death  is emblematic of the intellectual depredations of Nazism. Yet since World War II, his influence, his reputation, and his fascination for scholars in a wide range of cultural and political disciplines has steadily grown. He is seen as a bridging figure between German and Jewish studies, between materialist critique of culture and the submerged yet powerful voice of theology, between literary history and philosophy. We will review Benjamin's life and some of the key disputes over his heritage; read some of the best-known of his essays; and devote significant time to his enigmatic and enormously rich masterwork, the Arcades Project, concluding with consideration of the relevance of Benjamin's insights for cultural and political dilemmas today.

When Offered Fall.

Distribution Category (ALC-AS, CA-AS, HST-AS)

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  • 17320 COML 4429   SEM 101

    • M McGraw Hall B65
    • Jan 23 - May 9, 2023
    • Boyarin, J

  • Instruction Mode: In Person