The Storyteller Essays

A new translation of philosopher Walter Benjamin's work as it pertains to his famous essay, "The Storyteller," this collection includes short stories, book reviews, parables, and as a selection of writings by other authors who had an ...

Author: Walter Benjamin

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 9781681370590

Category: Literary Collections

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A new translation of philosopher Walter Benjamin's work as it pertains to his famous essay, "The Storyteller," this collection includes short stories, book reviews, parables, and as a selection of writings by other authors who had an influence on Benjamin's work. “The Storyteller” is one of Walter Benjamin’s most important essays, a beautiful and suggestive meditation on the relation between narrative form, social life, and individual existence—and the product of at least a decade’s work. What might be called the story of The Storyteller Essays starts in 1926, with a piece Benjamin wrote about the German romantic Johann Peter Hebel. It continues in a series of short essays, book reviews, short stories, parables, and even radio shows for children. This collection brings them all together to give readers a new appreciation of how Benjamin’s thinking changed and ripened over time, while including several key readings of his own—texts by his contemporaries Ernst Bloch and Georg Lukács; by Paul Valéry; and by Herodotus and Montaigne. Finally, to bring things around, there are three short stories by “the incomparable Hebel” with whom the whole intellectual adventure began.

Virginia Woolf s Good Housekeeping Essays

3), this anonymous and universal voice can be compared to the storyteller, as defined by Walter Benjamin in a 1936 essay devoted to Nicolas Leskov. Indeed, what goes into the storyteller's story is not only his own individual experience ...

Author: Christine Reynier

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429841187

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

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In the mid-twentieth century, Virginia Woolf published ‘Six Articles on London Life’ in Good Housekeeping magazine, a popular magazine where fashion, cookery and house decoration is largely featured. This first book-length study of what Woolf calls ‘little articles’ proposes to reassess the commissioned essays and read them in a chronological sequence in their original context as well as in the larger context of Woolf’s work. Drawing primarily on literary theory, intermedial studies, periodical studies and philosophy, this volume argues the essays which provided an original guided tour of London are creative and innovative works, combining several art forms while developing a photographic method. Further investigation examines the construct of Woolf’s essays as intermedial and as partaking both of theory and praxis; intermediality is closely connected here with her defense of a democratic ideal, itself grounded in a dialogue with her forebears. Far from being second-rate, the Good Housekeeping essays bring together aesthetic and political concerns and come out as playing a pivotal role: they redefine the essay as intermedial, signal Woolf’s turn to a more openly committed form of writing, and fit perfectly within Woolf’s essayistic and fictional oeuvre which they in turn illuminate.

Essays on Boredom and Modernity

The operative term in this passage from “The Storyteller” is experience. The essay in construed on the contraposition between modern and pre- modern experience, which is a key topic in Benjamin's work, though a problematic one.

Author: Barbara Dalle Pezze

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042025660

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 226

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The past thirty years saw a growing academic interest in the phenomenon of boredom. If initially the analyses were mostly a-historical, now the historicity of boredom is widely recognised, though often it is taken as evidence of its permanence as a constant “quality” of the human condition, expression of a metaphysical malady inherent to the fact of being human. New trends in the literature focus on the peculiar relationship between boredom and modernity and attempt to embrace the new social, cultural and political factors which provoked the epochal change of modernity and relate them to a change in the parameters of human experience and the crisis of subjectivity. The very changes that characterise modernity are the same that led to the “democratisation” of boredom: modernity and boredom are shown to be inextricably connected and inseparable. This volume aims at contributing to the growing body of literature on boredom with a number of essays which reflect on the connection of boredom and modernity and focus on particular texts, authors, or aspects of the phenomenon. The approach is multidisciplinary, in keeping with the pervasiveness of the phenomenon in our culture and societies, with essays reflecting on philosophy, literature, film, media and psychology.

Spanish Women Writers and the Essay

Martín Gaite's explicit identification of interlocutors and storytellers as male in her writing can be compared to Walter Benjamin's description of two kinds of storyteller in his essay on Nikolai Leskov . Although both the traveler or ...

Author: Kathleen Mary Glenn

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826211771

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 294

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Never before has a book examined Spanish women and their mastery of the essay. In the groundbreaking collection Spanish Women Writers and the Essay, Kathleen M. Glenn and Mercedes Mazquiarán de Rodríguez help to rediscover the neglected genre, which has long been considered a "masculine" form. Taking a feminist perspective, the editors examine why Spanish women have been so drawn to the essay through the decades, from Concepción Arenal's nineteenth-century writings to the modern works of Rosa Montero. Spanish women, historically denied a public voice, have discovered an outlet for their expression via the essay. As essayists, they are granted the authority to address subjects they personally deem important, discuss historical and sociopolitical issues, and denounce female subordination. This genre, which attracts a different audience than does the novel or poem, allows Spanish women writers to engage in a direct dialogue with their readers. Featuring twelve critical investigations of influential female essayists, Spanish Women Writers and the Essay illustrates Spanish women writers' command of the genre, their incorporation of both the ideological and the aesthetic into one concise form, and their skillful use of various strategies for influencing their readers. This fascinating study, which provides English translations for all quotations, will appeal to anyone interested in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish literature, comparative literature, feminist criticism, or women's studies.

Essays from the Edge

... however, by his claim in “the Storytelleressay that nikolai Leskov, who was a writer of the nineteenth century, was still able to convey genuine Erfahrungen in his tales in a fashion no longer available in the modern novel.

Author: Martin Jay

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813931562

Category: History

Page: 280

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Over his distinguished career as a European intellectual historian and cultural critic, Martin Jay has explored a variety of major themes: the Frankfurt School, the exile of German intellectuals in America during the Nazi era, Western Marxism, the denigration of vision in twentieth-century French thought, the discourse of experience in modern Europe and America, and lying in politics. Essays from the Edge assembles Jay’s writings from the intersections of this intellectual journey. Several essays focus on methodological debates in the humanities and social sciences: the limits of interdisciplinarity, the issue of national or universal philosophy, cultural relativism and visuality, and the implications of periodization in historical narrative. Others examine the concept of "scopic regime" and the metaphors of revolution and the gardening impulse. Among the theorists treated at length are Theodor Adorno, Hannah Arendt, Jacques Derrida, and Michel Foucault. The essays also include several of Jay’s Salmagundi columns, dealing with subjects as varied as the new Museum of Modern Art in New York, the impact of Colin Wilson’s The Outsider, and the demise of the Partisan Review. All of these efforts can be considered what Arthur Schopenhauer called, to borrow the title of one of his most celebrated collections, "parerga and paralipomena." As essays from the edges of major projects, they illuminate Jay’s major arguments, elaborate points made only in passing in the larger texts, and explore ideas farther than would have been possible, given the focus of the larger works themselves. The result is a lively, diverse offering from an extraordinary intellect. -- --Richard Wolin, the Graduate Center, City University of New York, author of The Wind from the East: French Intellectuals, the Cultural Revolution, and the Legacy of the 1960s

Essays in Migratory Aesthetics

... an inconsolable – theory: works such as Freud's Beyond the Pleasure Principle might be read alongside essays such as Benjamin's “The Storyteller” as parallel attempts to “work through” modernity and as themselves registrations of ...


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789401204675

Category: Social Science

Page: 236

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This volume addresses the impact of human movement on the aesthetic practices that make up the fabric of culture. The essays explore the ways in which cultural activities—ranging from the habitual gestures of the body to the production of specific artworks—register the impact of migration, from the forced transportation of slaves to the New World and of Jews to the death camps to the economic migration of peoples between the West and its erstwhile colonies; from the internal and external exile of Palestinians to the free movement of cosmopolitan intellectuals. Rather than focusing exclusively on art produced by those identified as migrant subjects, this collection opens up the question of how aesthetics itself migrates, transforming not only its own practices and traditions, but also the very nature of our being in the world, as subjects producing, as well as produced by, the cultures in which we live. The transformative potential of cultures on the move is both affirmed and critiqued throughout the collection, as part of an exploration of the ways in which globalisation implicates us ever more tightly in the unequal relations of production that characterise late modernity. This collection brings academic scholars from a variety of disciplines into conversation with practising visual and verbal artists; indeed, many of the essays break down the distinction between artist and academic, suggesting a dynamic interchange between critical reflection and creativity.

New Essays on Winesburg Ohio

question posed at the beginning of this essay - namely , how it is that a text that expresses doubt about language may ... In his essay on Nikolai Leskov ( translated as " The Storyteller " ) , Benjamin analyzes how " the art of ...

Author: John W. Crowley

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052138723X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 154

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Sixty years after its first publication, Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio continues to stand as a "classic" of modernist American fiction. In original new essays by David H. Stouck, Marcia Jacobson, Clare E. Colquitt, and Thomas Yingling, Winesburg is reconsidered in the contexts of the expressionist movement, the American boy-book tradition, the work of Sarah Orne Jewett, and the rise of industrial capitalism. An introduction by John W. Crowley reviews the career of Sherwood Anderson and his assimilation into the literary canon.

New Essays on The Crying of Lot 49

Anne Mangel, “Maxwell's Demon, Entropy, Information: The Crying cf Lot 49,” in Mindful Pleasures: Essays on Thomas Pynchon, ed. George Levine and David Leverenz (Boston: Little, Brown, 1976), p. 96. . Walter Benjamin, “The Storyteller: ...

Author: Patrick O'Donnell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521381635

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 174

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The Crying of Lot 49 is widely recognized as a significant contemporary work that frames the desire for meaning and the quest for knowledge within the social and political contexts of the '50s and '60s in America. In the introduction to this collection of original essays on Thomas Pynchon's important novel, Patrick O'Donnell discusses the background and critical reception of the novel. Further essays by five experts on contemporary literature examine the novel's "semiotic regime" or the way in which it organizes signs; the comparison of postmodernist Pynchon and the influential South American writer, Jorge Luis Borges; metaphor in the novel; the novel's narrative strategies; and the novel within the cultural contexts of American Puritanism and the Beat movement. Together, these essays provide an examination of the novel within its literary, historical, and scientific contexts.

Walter Benjamin Philosophy

It is present in the Storyteller essay ( 1936 ) , where Leskov is hailed ( through a quotation from Tolstoy ) as one of the first men ' who pointed out the inadequacy of economic progress ' , and as the prototype of the storyteller who ...

Author: Peter Osborne

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 041532534X


Page: 536

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No other single author has so commanding a critical presence across so many disciplines within the arts and humanities, in so many national contexts, as Walter Benjamin (1892-1940). The belated reception of his work as a literary critic (dating from the late 1950s) has been followed by a rapid series of critical receptions in different contexts: Frankfurt Critical Theory and Marxism, Judaism, Film Theory, Post-structuralism, Philosophical Romanticism, and Cultural Studies.This collection brings together a selection of the most critically important items in the literature, across the full range of Benjamin's cultural-theoretical interests, from all periods of the reception of his writings, but focusing upon the most recent, to produce a comprehensive overview of the best critical literature.

The Essay in the Greenyard

Two is that the storyteller way tomake all of the sentence into the story of my writing soIcan feel the meaning of thewords. The last way is to speak the pronounce ofthe words and sentence as the frame so I can speak it freely and the ...

Author: Philip Shin

Publisher: Booktango

ISBN: 9781468954494

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

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