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Booking Benjamin: The Fate of a Medium

Henry Sussman

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Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232833
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241170 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823232833.003.0004
Booking Benjamin: The Fate of a Medium

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Books are the buildings in a virtual ecology of an architectural program or a climate experienced as an urban landscape. This chapter discusses the vertiginous convergence of designs in books and the text that they encompass. Surely the work of Walter Benjamin about books will trace the confluences between the labyrinthine configurations of both textual constellations and modern cities. Before he became the lifelong liaison, Benjamin was a citizen, habitué, cognoscente, and transgressor of the history and tradition of the book. As he is known to have a lifelong nomadic quest of books wherein he is definitely at home, he created different ways in which he would be proficient in literature. Moreover, the mystical book in Benjamin's library is addressed with key anomalies in some of his most luminal and haunting works.

Keywords: books; designs; Walter Benjamin; text; urban landscape; literature

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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