I love getting emails from readers, so thank you to everyone who sends in photos and book recommendations to fill my reading lists. I recently got an email with some fantastic recommendations from André Coelho, a professor of the History of Photography in São Paulo, Brazil:
“First of all there is Benjamin’s PhD thesis called “The Concept of Art Criticism in German Romanticism”. This book is interesting because one can notice how the work of philosophers and authors such as Fichte, Schlegel and Novalis have influenced Benjamin in what comes to his project regarding modernity.
The second book I suggest is in my opinion Benjamin’s best work: “The Origin of German Tragic Drama”. In this book’s introduction there is a very original way of understanding epistemology and aesthetics. The book deals with themes that later on will turn into central subjects to W.B. such as the concept of trace and its relationship to history.
The third and last book I’d like to recommend is “Reflexions on children, toys and education”, which gathers essays written by Benjamin between 1913 and 1932. As its title suggests, the book deals with subjects such as the teaching of moral, ethos, communist pedagogy and so on.”
Thanks! I will definitely be picking these up.
walter benjamin - art in the age of mechanical reproduction
concept word collage
Theory of distraction.
Attempt to determine the effect of the work of art once its power of consecration has been eliminated.