Profane Illumination: Walter Benjamin and the Paris of Surrealist Revolution

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University of California Press, Jul 12, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 271 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Gothic Marxism
1
Benjamins Marxisms
17
Qui suisje? Nadjas Haunting Subject
57
The Ghosts of Paris
77
The Questions of Modern Materialism
120
The Rencontre Capitale
154
Benjamin Reading the Rencontre
173
Le Diable a Paris Benjamins Phantasmagoria
217
Bibliography
261
Index
269
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Margaret Cohen is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University.

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