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  • Published: 7 August 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141963426
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128
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The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction



'Humanity, which in Homer's day provided a spectacle for the gods of Olympus, has now become one for itself' Walter Benjamin

One of the most important works of cultural theory ever written, Walter Benjamin's groundbreaking essay explores how the age of mass media means audiences can listen to or see a work of art repeatedly - and what the troubling social and political implications of this are.

Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

  • Published: 7 August 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141963426
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128
Categories:

About the authors

Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) was a philosopher, translator and critic. Born in Berlin into a prosperous Jewish family, he made a precarious living as a literary journalist, championing the drama of Bertolt Brecht and translating the work of Baudelaire and Proust. He is most famous for his essays ‘The Task of the Translator’ (1923) and ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’ (1936). With the rise of the Nazis in 1933, he emigrated for Paris, and in 1940 he fled for the Spanish border, where he committed suicide.

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