Profane Illumination: Walter Benjamin and the Paris of Surrealist Revolution

Profane Illumination: Walter Benjamin and the Paris of Surrealist Revolution

by Margaret Cohen

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Overview

Margaret Cohen's encounter with Walter Benjamin, one of the twentieth century's most influential cultural and literary critics, has produced a radically new reading of surrealist thought and practice. Cohen analyzes the links between Breton's surrealist fusion of psychoanalysis and Marxism and Benjamin's post-Enlightenment challenge to Marxist theory. She argues that Breton's surrealist Marxism played a formative role in shaping postwar French intellectual life and is of continued relevance to the contemporary intellectual scene.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520201507
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 03/06/1995
Series: Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism , #5
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 271
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author


Margaret Cohen is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University.

Table of Contents

Illustrations 
Abbreviations 
Acknowledgments 
1. Gothic Marxism 
2. Benjamin's Marxisms 
3. Qui suis-je? Nadja's Haunting Subject 
4. The Ghosts of Paris 
5. The Questions of Modern Materialism 
6. The Rencontre Capitale 
7. Benjamin Reading the Rencontre 
8. Le Diable á Paris: Benjamin's Phantasmagoria 
Bibliography 
Index

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