Walter Benjamin, Über einige Motive bei Baudelaire [On Some Motifs in Baudelaire]

Kate Armond (University of Essex)
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In 1937, ten years after he began his most famous and celebrated work,

The Arcades Project

[

Passagen-Werk

],

Walter Benjamin planned a smaller book-length study of the French Symbolist poet Charles Baudelaire. The project was to be sponsored by the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research, an academic organisation founded in 1923, and initially affiliated with the Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main. The Institute’s focus was social and historical research and they dedicated themselves to analysing society according to Marxist theory.  Its members went on to combine and explore different strands of Marxist ideology across the disciplines, whilst revising some of Marx’s critique of capitalism. Following Hitler’s rise to power the Institute fled Germany to settle in Geneva in 1933,…

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Citation: Armond, Kate. "Über einige Motive bei Baudelaire". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 July 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38898, accessed 29 May 2024.]

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