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September 23, 2008


Cj Sheu

Hear, hear! This book was basically everything that propelled me to be an English major. It opened my eyes to a deeper level of reading literature beyond just the plot. I especially love the way he presented his interpretation of _Portrait of a Woman_. From an aesthetic viewpoint, this book is up there at the top of the list with _Aspects of the Novel_ (better only in that it has a chapter on prophecy). It's a pity that Wood's usual pieces of criticism are so much shorter.

Thank you very much for sharing!

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One-Way Street [Einbahnstrasse, 1928] was Walter Benjamin's first effort to break out of the narrow confines of the academy and apply the techniques of literary studies to life as it is currently lived. For Benjamin criticism encompasses the ordinary objects of life, the literary texts of the time, films in current release, and the fleeting concerns of the public sphere. Following Benjamin's lead, this blog is concerned with the political content of the aesthetic and representations of the political in the media. As Benjamin writes in One-Way Street, "He who cannot take sides should keep silent."