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Writings by Walter Benjamin on-line:


 

  • The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction [Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit(1936)]. Harry Zohn's English translation of Benjamin's most cited essay has appeared in full text in a few different places on the web. In print, the essay has been included in ILLUMINATIONS: Essays and Reflections, ed. Hannah Arendt, New York, Harcourt, Brace & World, 1968 / and Schocken Books, NY, 1969. [from marxists.org]
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  • Walter Benjamin: On Hashish [Über Haschich] by Walter Benjamin (published Frankfurt a.M., Suhrkamp Verlag, 1972); translated into English by Scott J. Thompson (1996). Between 1927 and 1935, Walter Benjamin participated in progressive research in experimental psychopathology with hashish, opiates and mescaline (seen as psychotomimetic agents) under the supervision of Drs. Ernst Joël and Fritz Fränkel. The "protocols" of these experiments, which were recorded by Benjamin, Joël, Fränkel, philosopher Ernst Bloch (who particpated in an experiment as well), and Benjamin's cousin, Dr. Egon Wissing, are now in English for the first time and appear on this website. Benjamin's humorous novella, "Myslowitz - Braunschweig - Marseilles: Story of a Hashish-Rausch" (1930) is also included.<This site!>
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  • Walter Benjamin: One-Way Street [Einbahnstraße] excerpts: Attested Auditor of Books and Teaching Aid: Principles of the Weighty Tome, or How to Write Fat Books [from Lloyd Spencer's pages at Trinity & All Saints College] [New Link: 10/15/99]
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  • Walter Benjamin: On the Concept of History (a.k.a. Theses on the Philosophy of History)[Including the entirety of what Harry Zohn translated as "Theses on the Philosophy of History" (1940), Lloyd Spencer discusses the difficulties of the translation in his essay "On certain Difficulties with the Translation of ON THE CONCEPT OF HISTORY": "The following reflections were occasioned by a comparison between the last piece in Walter Benjamin, Illuminations. translated by H. Zohn (Fontana, 1968) and the German version reproduced in Walter Benjamin, Gesammelte Schriften, volume I (part 2). Benjamin himself produced several versions, including a translation into French. It may be that some of the difficulties identified below are the result, not of carelessness, but of consulting a different version, or multiple versions, of the original. " [New Link: 10/15/99]
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