Melancholy Dialectics

Walter Benjamin and the Play of Mourning
A new interpretation of the work of one of the major critical thinkers of the twentieth century


A comprehensive view of Benjamin's achievement, focusing on the central ideas of mourning and melancholia, developed in Benjamin's early work, Origin of German Tragic Drama (1928). Pensky sees the contradictions in Benjamin's thought as part of the melancholy way of seeing.

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