Walter Benjamin

Self-Reference and Religiosity

  • Margarete¬†Kohlenbach

Part of the New Perspectives in German Studies book series (NPG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Margarete Kohlenbach
    Pages 1-60
  3. Margarete Kohlenbach
    Pages 61-137
  4. Margarete Kohlenbach
    Pages 138-188
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 189-241

About this book


Walter Benjamin's work represents one of the most radical and controversial responses to the problems of twentieth-century culture and society. This new interpretation analyzes some of the central enigmatic features of his writing, arguing that they result from the co-presence of religious scepticism and the desire for a religious foundation of social life. Margarete Kohlenbach focuses on the structure of self-reference as an expression of Benjamin's sceptical religiosity and examines its significance in his writing on language, literature and the cinema, as well as history, politics and modern technology.


cinema communication continuity English literature foundation history interpret Inuit language politics religiosity social life society structure writing

Authors and affiliations

  • Margarete¬†Kohlenbach
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SussexUK

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