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Title:The Writer of Modern Life: Essays on Charles Baudelaire
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Walter Benjamin, Michael W. Jennings, Rodney Livingstone, Edmund F.N. Jephcott, Harry Zohn, Howard Eiland
Publisher:Belknap Press
ISBN:0674022874
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Number of Pages:307
Category:Essays, Non fiction, Poetry, Criticism, Philosophy, France, Literary criticism

The Writer of Modern Life: Essays on Charles Baudelaire by Walter Benjamin, Michael W. Jennings, Rodney Livingstone, Edmund F.N. Jephcott, Harry Zohn, Howard Eiland

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Writer of Modern Life: Essays on Charles Baudelaire 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 The Baudelaire who steps forth from these pages is the flAneur 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 flAneur 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 .

The introduction to this volume presents each of Benjamin s essays on Baudelaire in chronological order The introduction intended for an undergraduate audience aims to articulate and analyze the major motifs and problems in these essays and to reveal the relationship between the essays and Benjamin s other central statements on literature its criticism and its relation to the society that produces it

Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 1, 1913-1926, The Arcades Project, The Origin of German Tragic Drama, Berlin Childhood around 1900, Illuminations: Essays and Reflections, Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings, The Writer of Modern Life: Essays on Charles Baudelaire, One Way Street And Other Writings, The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility, and Other Writings on Media, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction