Spis treści: Walter Benjamin

Preface, s. ix
Translator's Note, s. xi
Benjamin's Works Cited in This Study, s. xiv

Chapter One: Introduction, s. 1

A Contemporary of Modernity, s. 1
Life and Works, s. 8
Companions, Influences, s. 14

Chapter Two: Early Writings, 1914-18, s. 21

  • Apotheosis of the Mind {Geist}: Beginnings inside the Youth Movement, s. 21
    "Dialogue on Contemporary Religiosity" (1912); "The Life of Students" (1915-16)
  • Life of the Work of Art, s. 29
    "Two Poems by Friedrich Holderlin" (1914-15); "The Idiot by Dostoevsky" (1917-21)
  • Defining His Philosophical Position, s. 34
    "On the Program of the Coming Philosophy" (1917-18)
  • The Magic of Language, s. 41
    Letter to Buber of July 17, 1916; "On Language as Such and on the Language of Man" (1916); "The Task of the Translator" (1921)

Chapter Three: Art Criticism and Politics, 1919-25, s. 50

  • Romantic Philosophy of Art and Its Contemporary Relevance, s. 50
    The Concept of Criticism in German Romanticism (1919-20)
  • Exemplary Criticism: "Goethe's Elective Affinities", s. 56
    "Announcement of the Journal Angelus Novus" (1912); "Goethe's Elective Affinities" (1921-25)
  • The Problematic of Art: Criticism and Allegorical Artwork, s. 63
    Origin of German Tragic Drama (1923-28)
  • Paul Scheerbart and the Concept of the Politica, s. 72
    "Theological-political Fragment" (1920-21); "The True Politician" (1921-25); "Critique of Violence" (1921); "Paul Scheerbart: Lesabendio" (1917-19)

Chapter Four: Journalistic Commitment and Essayistic Work, 1925-33, s. 80

  • Profane Illumination: Surrealism and Politics, s. 80
    One-Way Street (1923-28); "Moscow" (1927); "Surrealism: The Last Snapshot of the German Intelligentsia" (1929)
  • The "Strategist in the Literary Struggle", s. 88
    Reviews of Literary Scholarship (1926-31): Gundolf, Walzel, Kommerell, Ermatinger; "Politicizing the Intelligentsia" (1930-32): Reviews of Haas, Kastner, Hiller, Kracauer, Jiinger
  • The Task of the Critic, s. 95
    "Collected Essays on Literature" (1929-30); "Journal Project: Krisis und Kritik" (1930); "Johann Peter Hebel" (1926); "Gottfried Keller" (1927); "Robert Walser" (1929); "Julien Green" (1929); "On the Image of Proust" (1929); "Karl Kraus" (1931); "Paul Valery" (I931); "Bert Brecht" (1930); "What Is the Epic Theater?" (1931-39)

Chapter Five: Exile Writings, 1933-39, s. 105

  • The Changing Function of Art, s. 105
    "The Present Social Situation of the French Writer" (1933-34); "The Author as Producer" (1934); "Eduard Fuchs, Collector and Historian" (1937); "'The Regression of Poetry' by C. G. Jochmann" (1939)
  • The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility, s. 115
    "Little History of Photography" (1931); "The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility" (1935-36)
  • Reinstatement of Epic Narration, s. 126
    "Experience and Poverty" (1933); "The Crisis of the Novel: Doblin's Berlin Alexanderplatz" (1930); "The Storyteller: Observations on the Works of Nikolai Leskov" (1936); "Franz Kafka: Beim Bau der Chinesischen Mauer" (1931); "Franz Kafka. On the Tenth Anniversary of His Death" ^934)

Chapter Six: Primal History of Modernism, 1931-40 , s. 138

  • Berlin Childhood around 1900 , s. 138
    "Berlin Chronicle" (1932.); "Berlin Childhood around 1900" (1932-38); "Doctrine of the Similar/On the Mimetic Faculty" (i933)
  • Parisian Arcades, s. 145
    The Arcades Project (1927-1940); "Paris, the Capital of the Nineteenth Century" (1935); "Paris, capitale du XlXeme siecle" (1939)
  • Charles Baudelaire: A Lyric Poet in the Era of High Capitalism, s. 154
    "The Paris of the Second Empire in Baudelaire" (1938);
    "On Some Motifs in Baudelaire" (1939); "Central Park" (1939)
  • The Concept of History, s. 165
    "On the Concept of History" (1940); "Arcades Project: Files J and N"

Chapter Seven: Posthumous Influence and Stages of Reception, s. 174

  • Record of Extant Material and Editions, s. 174
  • Reception, s. 180

Chronology, s. 185
Notes, s. 187
Select Bibliography, s. 213
Index of Names, s. 227

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