Buy Das Passagenwerk. by Walter Benjamin, Rolf Tiedemann (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on. Results 1 – 30 of 34 Das Passagen-Werk (Book) by Walter Benjamin and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at Conceived in Paris in and still in progress when Walter Benjamin fled the The Arcades Project (in German, Das Passagen-Werk) is a monumental ruin.

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The Passagenwerk or Arcades Project was an unfinished project of German literary critic Walter Benjaminwritten between and An enormous collection of writings on the city life of Paris in the 19th century, it was especially concerned with Paris’ iron -and- glass covered ” arcades ” known in French as the passages couverts de Paris.

Benjamin’s Projectwhich many scholars [1] believe might have become one of the great texts of 20th-century cultural criticism, was never completed due to his dad on the French-Spanish border in Walte Arcades Project has been posthumously edited and published in many languages as a collection of unfinished reflections.

Parisian arcades began to be constructed around the beginning of the nineteenth century and were bebjamin destroyed as a result of Baron Haussmann ‘s renovation of Paris during the Second French Empire ca.


Benjamin first mentioned the Arcades project in a letter to his friend Gershom Scholemdescribing it as his attempt to use collage techniques in literature. However, Benjamin’s vision ppassagenwerk the Arcades project grew increasingly ambitious in scope until he perceived it as representing his most important creative accomplishment. On several occasions Benjamin altered his overall scheme of the Arcades Projectdue in part to the influence of Theodor Adornowho gave Benjamin a stipend and who expected Benjamin to make the Arcades project more explicitly political and Marxist in its analysis.

The notes and manuscript for the Arcades Project and much of Benjamin’s correspondence had been entrusted to Benjamin’s friend Georges Bataille before Benjamin fled Paris under Nazi occupation.

The full text of Benjamin’s unfinished magnum opus was published by Harvard University Press in after years of difficult bnjamin work. The book is hailed by some [ who? Others, such as Mark Lilla[2] ealter the Arcades project as one of Benjamin’s lesser works, suggesting that its importance has been vastly overstated.

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Lilla argues that apart from occasional flashes of humor and insight, Benjamin’s surviving version of the Arcades Project passagenserk largely tedious and uninteresting. The publication of the Arcades Project has given rise to controversy over the methods employed by the editors and their decisions involving the ordering of the fragments.


Critics wapter that this reconstruction makes the book akin to a multi-layered palimpsest. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.

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