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Baudelaire by Walter Benjamin (review)

Baudelaire by Walter Benjamin (review) French Forum Winter 2014 Vol. 39, No. 1 Walter Benjamin. Baudelaire. Translated by Patrick Charbonneau, Martin Rueff, and Étienne Dobenesque. Edited by Giorgio Agamben, Barbara Chitussi, and Clemens-Carl Härle. Paris: La Fabrique éditions, 2013. 1029 pp. In the early 1980s, while working on Georges Bataille's correspondence, the then relatively unknown scholar Giorgio Agamben discovered among the documents Walter Benjamin's notes for a book on Baudelaire. In a new volume published by La Fabrique, Agamben and his fellow editors Barbara Chitussi and Clemens-Carl Härle reproduce all of these notes and reconstruct meticulously Benjamin's work on what was supposed to become his opus magnum. During his work on the arcades project, Benjamin's attention had begun to shift from the broad panorama of the capital of the nineteenth century to what would become a "model in miniature" for that project: his book on Baudelaire. Though Benjamin mentioned his ideas repeatedly in his letters to his friends, the book itself never came to see daylight. And for a long time there were not enough notes and indications for a reconstruction of Benjamin's plan--not, that is, until Agamben discovered these precious schemes and lists of subjects to be treated in the Baudelaire-Buch. Still, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png French Forum University of Nebraska Press

Baudelaire by Walter Benjamin (review)

French Forum , Volume 39 (1) – Jul 30, 2014

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French Forum Winter 2014 Vol. 39, No. 1 Walter Benjamin. Baudelaire. Translated by Patrick Charbonneau, Martin Rueff, and Étienne Dobenesque. Edited by Giorgio Agamben, Barbara Chitussi, and Clemens-Carl Härle. Paris: La Fabrique éditions, 2013. 1029 pp. In the early 1980s, while working on Georges Bataille's correspondence, the then relatively unknown scholar Giorgio Agamben discovered among the documents Walter Benjamin's notes for a book on Baudelaire. In a new volume published by La Fabrique, Agamben and his fellow editors Barbara Chitussi and Clemens-Carl Härle reproduce all of these notes and reconstruct meticulously Benjamin's work on what was supposed to become his opus magnum. During his work on the arcades project, Benjamin's attention had begun to shift from the broad panorama of the capital of the nineteenth century to what would become a "model in miniature" for that project: his book on Baudelaire. Though Benjamin mentioned his ideas repeatedly in his letters to his friends, the book itself never came to see daylight. And for a long time there were not enough notes and indications for a reconstruction of Benjamin's plan--not, that is, until Agamben discovered these precious schemes and lists of subjects to be treated in the Baudelaire-Buch. Still,

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Published: Jul 30, 2014

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