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Walter Benjamin: or Towards a Revolutionary Criticism (Radical Thinkers 4) Paperback – 15 Jun 2009

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  • Paperback: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (15 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844673502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844673506
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eagleton is second ton none among cultural critics writing in the English language today. --Guardian

Excellent and engaging … Eagleton is informative, witty and wise. --Times Higher Education Supplement

About the Author

Terry Eagleton is Professor of Cultural Theory and John Rylands Fellow, University of Manchester. His other books include Ideology: An Introduction, The Function of Criticism, Criticism and Ideology and Figures of Dissent.


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I've seen this book dismissed in two prominent places recently as Eagleton's desperate attempt to "reclaim" Benjamin for Marxism. This is unfair and silly for 2 reasons. 1) Benjamin obviously was engaged with Marxism in a fascinating and unorthodox way. 2) Eagleton clearly accepts and points out where Benjamin's brand of Kabbalah-influenced Messianism clashes with the materialist Messianism of Marxism (sorry for all those isms!). In fact, Eagleton's chapters on Benjamin (concerning his book on German mourning plays, his relation to Marx, Brecht, Bakhtin etc) are valuable contributions to Benjamin scholarship. Other sections are entertaining but slightly dated (especially the one about what Marxist artists/intellectuals should do while waiting for the revolution...) In short, if you're considering reading this book for what it has to say about Benjamin, but have been put off by its *apparently* dogmatic approach, you might want to give it a chance after all.
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HASH(0x94b2e708) out of 5 stars Demanding, but rewarding 19 Dec. 2012
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Very interesting review of Benjamin's critical thrust in philosophy, literature, and politics. Requires close attention to detail, esp. lexical depth.
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