Charles Baudelaire: A Lyric Poet in the Era of High Capitalism (Paperback)

Charles Baudelaire: A Lyric Poet in the Era of High Capitalism By Walter Benjamin, Harry Zohn (Translated by) Cover Image

Charles Baudelaire: A Lyric Poet in the Era of High Capitalism (Paperback)

By Walter Benjamin, Harry Zohn (Translated by)


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A classic account of late nineteenth-century Paris and a study of Baudelaire's life and work

Walter Benjamin, one of the foremost cultural commentators and theorists of this century, is perhaps best known for his analyses of the work of art in the modern age and the philosophy of history.

Yet it was through his study of the social and cultural history of the late nineteenth-century Paris, examined particularly in relation to the figure of the great Parisian lyric poet Charles Baudelaire, that Benjamin tested and enriched some of his core concepts and themes. Contained within these pages are, amongst other insights, his notion of the flaneur, his theory of memory and remembrance, his assessment of the utopian Fourier and his reading of the modernist movement.
Walter Benjamin was a German-Jewish Marxist literary critic, essayist, translator, and philosopher. He was at times associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and is the author of Illuminations, The Arcades Project, and The Origin of German Tragic Drama.
Product Details ISBN: 9781804290453
ISBN-10: 1804290459
Publisher: Verso
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2023
Pages: 192
Language: English
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