Myth and Metropolis – Walter Benjamin and The City
English Literature , Social and Cultural / September 24, 2018

Author : Graeme Gilloch Language : English Ebook Format : PDF Description : This is a lucid study of Walter Benjamin’s lifelong fascination with the city and forms of metropolitan experience, highlighting the relevance of Benjamin’s work to our contemporary understanding of modernity. Walter Benjamin is now widely recognized as one of the mostoriginal and perceptive thinkers of the twentieth century. Thisbook, now available in paperback is a timely and lucid study ofBenjamin’s lifelong fascination with the city and forms ofmetropolitan experience. Benjamin’s critical and complex account of the modern urbanenvironment is traced through a number of key texts: the pioneeringsketches of Naples, Marseilles and Moscow; his childhoodreminiscences of Berlin; and his brilliant and unfinished studiesof nineteenth-century Paris and the poet Charles Baudelaire.Gilloch emphasizes the importance of these writings for aninterpretation of Benjamin’s work as a whole, and highlights theirrelevance for our contemporary understanding of modernity. Essential reading for anyone concerned with Benjamin’s work,Myth and Metropolis will also be of interest to scholars andstudents in social theory, cultural analysis and urban studies. “This is a highly stimulating contribution to our understanding ofBenjamin’s work on the city. It is one which is written with acommendable clarity that makes Benjamin’s often complexinvestigations…