has undertaken an analysis of the 30 surviving scripts, attempting to use them to provide a greater understanding of Benjamin's rather difficult philosophy. The analysis permits some understanding of the writer's psyche, his challenges to fellow Jews (Mehlman is also the author of Legacies of Anti-Semitism in France, Univ.
Walter Benjamin for Children book.
Walter Benjamin for Children: An Essay on His Radio Years . Mehlman’s position in the book has since been vindicated in a volume by Jacques Henric.
Walter Benjamin for Children: An Essay on His Radio Years (University of Chicago Press, 1993). Genealogies of the Text: Literature, Psychoanalysis, and Politics in Modern France (Cambridge University Press, 1995). Finally, Stanley Hoffman wrote in Foreign Affairs of.
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42 In approaching the radio works for children, it is important not to take for granted the significance of the child as a. .The best-known study is Jeffrey Mehlman’s Walter Benjamin for Children: An Essay on His Radio Years (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993).
42 In approaching the radio works for children, it is important not to take for granted the significance of the child as a category of addressee for Benjamin. Indeed, in Children’s Literature, he declares that If there is any field in the world where specialization must invariably fail, it is in the creation of works for children (254).
Walter Benjamin for children. an essay on his radio years. There's no description for this book yet. Published 1993 by University of Chicago Press in Chicago. Radio programs for children, Criticism and interpretation, History. Includes bibliographical references (p. 99-114) and index.
Bitterly ironic and contradictory, then, would be these shows being called "enlightenment for children", since Benjamin would be in opposition to the notion that the Enlightenment, at least in the humanist and humanitarian guise it has assumed for us, would make any sense of the structurally corrupt.
In light of the legendary difficulty of Walter Benjamin's works, it is a strange and intriguing fact that from 1929 to 1933 the great critic and cultural theorist wrote—and broadcast—numerous scripts, on the order of fireside chats, for children. Invited to speak on whatever subject he considered appropriate, Benjamin talked to the children of Frankfurt and Berlin about the destruction of Pompeii, an earthquake in Lisbon, and a railroad disaster at the Firth of Tay. He spoke about bootlegging and swindling, cataclysm and suicide, Faust and Cagliostro. In this first sustained analysis of the thirty surviving scripts, Jeffrey Mehlman demonstrates how Benjamin used the unlikely forum of children's radio to pursue some of his central philosophical and theological concerns.
InWalter Benjamin for Children
, readers will encounter a host of intertextual surprises: an evocation of the flooding of the Mississippi informed by the argument of "The Task of the Translator;" a discussion of scams in stamp-collecting that turns into "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction;" a tale of bootlegging in the American South that converges with the best of Benjamin's essays on fiction. Mehlman superimposes a dual series of texts dealing with catastrophe, on the one hand, and fraud, on the other, that resonate with the false-messianic theology of Sabbatianism as it came to focus the attention and enthusiasm of Benjamin's friend Gershom Scholem during the same years. The radio scripts for children, that is, offer an unexpected byway, on the eve of the apocalypse, into Benjamin's messianic preoccupations.
A child's garden of deconstruction, these twenty-minute talks—from the perspective of childhood, before an invisible audience, on whatever happened to cross the critic's mind—are also by their very nature the closest we may ever come to a transcript of a psychoanalysis of Walter Benjamin. Particularly alive to that circumstance, Mehlman explores the themes of the radio broadcasts and brilliantly illuminates their hidden connections to Benjamin's life and work.
This lucid analysis brings to light some of the least researched and understood aspects of Walter Benjamin's thought. It will interest and provoke literary theorists and philosophers of culture, as well as anyone who hopes to understand one of this century's most suggestive and perplexing critics.
Author: Jeffrey Mehlman
Category: Literature and Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (May 15, 1993)
Pages: 126 pages
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