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Primary Literature

The current standard German edition of Benjamin's work remains Suhrkamp's seven volume Gesammelte Schriften, edited by Tiedemann and Schweppenhauser, although a new Kritish Gesamtausgabe is currently being edited, also by Suhrkamp and projected at twenty-one volumes over the next decade. The standard English edition is Harvard University Press' recent four volume Selected Writings, Early Writings, and The Arcades Project.

A   Walter Benjamin's Archive: Images, Texts, Signs, trans. Esther Leslie, London: Verso, 2007.
AP   The Arcades Project, trans. Howard Eiland & Kevin McLaughlin, Cambridge, MA. & London: Belknap Press, 1999.
BA   Walter Benjamin and Theodor W. Adorno, The Complete Correspondences 1928–1940, ed. Henri  Lonitz, Cambridge: Polity Press, 1999.
BC   Berlin Childhood Around 1900, trans. Howard Eiland, Cambridge, MA. & London: Belknap Press, 2006
BG   Walter Benjamin and Gretel Adorno, Correspondence 1930-1940, trans. Wieland Hoban, Cambridge: Polity, 2008.
BS   The Correspondence of Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem, ed. Gershom Scholem, Cambridge, MA.,: Harvard University Press, 1989.
C   The Correspondence of Walter Benjamin: 1910–1940, eds. Gershom Scholem & Theodor W. Adorno, Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, 1994.
EW   Early Writings: 1910–1917, trans. Howard Eiland & Others, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011.
GB   Gesammelte Briefe, 6 vols., ed. Christoph Gödde and Henri Lonitz, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1995-2000.
GS   Gesammelte Schriften, 7 vols., eds. Rolf Tiedemann & Hermann Schweppenhauser, Frankfurt am  Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, Bd. I-VII, 1972-1989.
KG   Werke und Nachlaß. Kritische Gesamtausgabe, Bd. 1–20, eds. Momme Brodersen et. al., Frankfurt am  Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2008–.
MD   Walter Benjamin: Moscow Diary, ed. Gary Smith, Cambridge, MA. & London: Harvard University Press, 1986.
OGT   The Origin of German Tragic Drama, trans. John Osborne, London: Verso, 1998.
OWS   One-Way Street and Other Writings, trans. J. A. Underwood, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2009.
RB   Radio Benjamin, ed. Lecia Rosenthal, London: Verso, 2014.
SW   Selected Writings, 4 vols., ed. Howard Eiland & Michael W. Jennings, Cambridge, MA., & London: Harvard University Press, 1991–1999.
UB   Understanding Brecht, trans. Anna Bostock, London: Verso, 2003.

Biographies in English 

  • Eiland, H. and Jennings, M. W., Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life, Cambridge, MA. & London: Harvard University Press, 2014.
  • Leslie, E., 2007, Walter Benjamin: Critical Lives, London: Reaktion Books. (Scholar)
  • Brodersen, M., 1996, Walter Benjamin: A Biography, London & New York: Verso. (Scholar)
  • Scholem, G., 1981, Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship, New York: Review Books. (Scholar)
  • Witte, B., 1991, Walter Benjamin: An Intellectual Biography, Detroit: Wayne University Press. (Scholar)
  • Wizisla, E., 2009, Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht: the Story of a Friendship, London: Libris. (Scholar)

Selected English Anthologies

Selected Secondary Literature

  • Adorno, T. W., 1955, ‘A Portrait of Walter Benjamin’, in Prisms, Cambridge, MA.: MIT., 1983, 227–242. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1931, ‘The Actuality of Philosophy’, in Telos 31, Spring 1977, 120–133. (Scholar)
  • Agamben, G., 2005, State of Exception, trans. K. Attell, Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press. (Scholar)
  • Asman, C. L., 1992, ‘Theatre and Agon/Agon and Theatre: Walter Benjamin and Florens Christian Rang’, in MLN, 107:3, 606–624. (Scholar)
  • Avelar, I., 2004, The Letter of Violence: Essays on Narrative, Ethics, and Politics, New York & Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan. (Scholar)
  • Benjamin, A., 1989, ‘Tradition and Experience: Walter Benjamin's Some Motifs in Baudelaire’, in Benjamin, A. (ed.), 1989, 122–140.  (Scholar)
  • –––, 2013, Working with Walter Benjamin: Recovering a Political Philosophy, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. (Scholar)
  • Bernsaïd, D., 1990, Walter Benjamin sentinelle messianique: À la gauche du possible, Paris: Plon. (Scholar)
  • Bolle, W., 2009, ‘Paris on the Amazon? Postcolonial Interrogations of Benjamin's European Modernism’, in Goebel 2009, 216-245. (Scholar)
  • Brederkamp, H., 1999, ‘From Walter Benjamin to Carl Schmitt, via Thomas Hobbes’, in Critical Inquiry, 25:2, 247–266. (Scholar)
  • Buck-Morss, S., 1977, The Origins of Negative Dialectics: Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin and the Frankfurt Institute, Hassocks: Harvester Press. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1989, The Dialectics of Seeing, Cambridge, MA. & London: MIT Press. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1992, ‘Aesthetics and Anaesthetics: Walter Benjamin's Artwork Essay Reconsidered’, in October, 62, 3–41, reprinted in Osborne 2005, I: 291–331. (Scholar)
  • Bullock, M. P., 1987, Romanticism and Marxism: The Philosophical Development of Literary Theory and Literary History in Walter Benjamin & Friedrich Schlegel, New York, Bern & Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. (Scholar)
  • Caygill, H., 1994, ‘Benjamin, Heidegger and the Destruction of Tradition’, in Benjamin and Osborne 1994/2000, 1–31. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1998, Walter Benjamin: The Colour of Experience, London: Routledge. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2004, ‘Walter Benjamin's Concept of Cultural History,’ in Ferris 2004, 73–96. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2005, ‘Non-Messianic Political Theology in Benjamin's “On the Concept of History”’, in Benjamin, A. 2005b, 215–226. (Scholar)
  • Chisholm, D., 2009, ‘Benjamin's Gender, Sex, and Eros’, in Goebel 2009, 246-272. (Scholar)
  • Clark, T. J, 2003, ‘Should Benjamin Have Read Marx’, in boundary 2 30(1), 31-49; reprinted in Osborne 2005, III: 81-96. (Scholar)
  • Cohen, M., 1993, Profane Illumination: Walter Benjamin and the Paris of Surrealist Revolution, Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press. (Scholar)
  • Cowan, B., 1981, ‘Walter Benjamin's Theory of Allegory’, in New German Critique, 22, 109–122. (Scholar)
  • Derrida, J., 1989–90, ‘Force of Law: The “Mystical Foundations of Authority”’, trans. Mary Quaintance, in Cardozo Law Review, 11, 973–1045, reprinted in Osborne 2005, 1: 398–432. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1994, Spectres of Marx: the state of the debt, the work of mourning, and the New International, trans. P. Kamuf, London: Routledge. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1997, The Politics of Friendship, trans. G. Collins, London & New York: Verso. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1999, ‘Marx and Sons’, in Ghostly demarcations: a symposium on Jacques Derrida's Spectres of Marx, ed. M. Sprinker, London & New York: Verso, 213–269. (Scholar)
  • Didi-Huberman, G., 2005, ‘The Supposition of the Aura: The Now, the Then and Modernity’, in Benjamin, A., 2005b, 2–18. (Scholar)
  • Eagleton, T., 1981, Walter Benjamin, Or, Towards a Revolutionary Criticism, London: NLB. (Scholar)
  • Eiland, H., 2011, ‘Translator’s Introduction’, in EW, 1-13. (Scholar)
  • Ferber, I., 2013, Philosophy and Melancholy: Benjamin's Early Reflections on Theater and Language, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. (Scholar)
  • Friedlander, E., 2012, Walter Benjamin: A Philosophical Portrait, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. (Scholar)
  • Frisby, D., 1996, ‘Walter Benjamin's Prehistory of Modernity as Anticipation of Postmodernity? Some Methodological Reflections’, in Fischer 1996, 15–32. (Scholar)
  • Fuld, W., 1981, ‘Walter Benjamins Beziehung zu Ludwig Klages’, in Akzente 28:3, 274-287. (Scholar)
  • Gilloch, G., 2000, Walter Benjamin: Critical Constellations, Cambridge: Polity. (Scholar)
  • Goebel, R. J., 2001, Benjamin heute. Großstadtdiskurs, Postkolonialität und Flanerie zwischen den Kulturen, Munich: Iudicium. (Scholar)
  • Habermas, J., 1983, ‘Walter Benjamin: Consciousness-raising or rescuing critique’, in Philosophical-Political Profiles, trans. Frederick G. Lawrence, Cambridge, MA. & London: MIT Press, 129–163, reprinted in Osborne 2005, I: 107–136. (Scholar)
  • Hamacher, W., 2002, ‘Guilt History: Benjamin's Sketch “Capitalism as Religion”’, in Diacritics, 32:3/4, 81–106. (Scholar)
  • Hansen, M., 1987, ‘Benjamin, Cinema and Experience: “The Blue Flower in the Land of Technology”’, in New German Critique, 40, 179–224; reprinted in Osborne 2005, II: 253–290. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2011, Cinema and Experience: Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno, Los Angeles & London: University of California Press. (Scholar)
  • Hanssen, B., 1995, ‘Philosophy at Its Origin: Walter Benjamin's Prologue to the Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels’, in MLN, 110:4, 809–833. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1998, Walter Benjamin's Other History: Of Stones, Animals, Human Beings, and Angels, Berkeley, Los Angeles & London: University of California Press. (Scholar)
  • Hodge, J., 2005, ‘The Timing of Elective Affinity: Walter Benjamin's Strong Aesthetics’, in Benjamin, A., 2005a, 14–31. (Scholar)
  • Holz, H. H., 1992, Philosophie der zersplittern Welt: Reflexionen über Walter Benjamin, Bonn: Pahl-Rugenstein. (Scholar)
  • Khatib, S. R., 2013, “Teleologie ohne Endzweck. Walter Benjamins Ent-stellung des Messianischen”, Marburg: Tectum. (Scholar)
  • Kittsteiner, H. D., 1986, ‘Walter Benjamin's Historicism’, in New German Critique 39, 179–215. (Scholar)
  • Lacoue-Labarthe, P., 1992, ‘Introduction to Walter Benjamin's The Concept of Art Criticism in German Romanticism’, in Studies in Romanticism,  31:4, 421-432, reprinted in Hanssen and Benjamin, A. 2002, 9-18. (Scholar)
  • Lambrianou, N., 2005, ‘Neo-Kantianism and Messianism: Origin and Interruption in Hermann Cohen and Walter Benjamin’, in Osborne 2005, I: 82–104. (Scholar)
  • Lebovic, N., 2013, The Philosophy of Life and Death: Ludwig Klages and the Rise of Nazi Biopolitics, New York & Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (Scholar)
  • Leslie, E., 2000, Walter Benjamin: Overpowering Conformism, London: Pluto. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2008, ‘Revolutionary Potential and Walter Benjamin: A Postwar Reception History’, in Critical Companion to Contemporary Marxism , eds. Jacques Bidet and Stavis Kouvelakis, Leiden: Brill. (Scholar)
  • Lindner, B. (ed.), 2006, Benjamin-Handbuch. Leben, Werk, Wirkung, Stuttgart: Metzler. (Scholar)
  • Liska, V., 2009, ‘The Legacy of Benjamin's Messianism: Giorgio Agamben and Other Contenders’, in Goebel 2009, 195-215. (Scholar)
  • Löwy, M., 2005, Fire Alarm: Reading Walter Benjamin's ‘On the Concept of History’, trans. Chris Turner, London & New York: Verso. (Scholar)
  • McCole, J. J., 1993, Walter Benjamin and the Antinomies of Tradition, Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press. (Scholar)
  • McFarland, J., 2013, Constellation: Friedrich Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin in the Now-Time of History, New York: Fordham University Press. (Scholar)
  • Menninghaus, W., 2002, ‘Walter Benjamin's Exposition of the Romantic Theory of Reflection’, trans. Robert J. Kiss, in Hanssen and Benjamin, A. 2002, 19–50, reprinted in Osborne 2005, I: 25–62. (Scholar)
  • Newman, J. O., 2011, Benjamin’s Library: Modernity, Nation, and the Baroque, Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press. (Scholar)
  • Osborne, P., 1995, The Politics of Time: Modernity and Avant-Garde, London & New York: Verso. (Scholar)
  • Raz-Krakotzkin, A., 2013, ‘On the Right Side of the Barricades: Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem and Zionism’, in Comparative Literature, 65:3, 363-381. (Scholar)
  • Rrenban, M., 2005, Wild, Unforgettable Philosophy: In Early Works of Walter Benjamin, Lanham & Oxford: Lexington Books. (Scholar)
  • Roff, S. L., 2004, ‘Benjamin and Psychoanalysis’, in Ferris 2004, 115–133. (Scholar)
  • Schmitt, C., 1956, Hamlet or Hecuba: the intrusion of time into the play, trans. D. Pan & J. Rust, New York: Telos Press, 2009. (Scholar)
  • Steiner, U., 2001, ‘The True Politician: Walter Benjamin's Concept of the Political’, trans. C. Sample, in New German Critique, 83, 43–88. (Scholar)
  • Tiedemann, R., 1983–4, ‘Historical Materialism or Political Messianism? An Interpretation of the Theses “On the Concept of History”’, in Smith 1989, 175–209, reprinted in Osborne 2005, I: 137–168. (Scholar)
  • Tomba, M., 2009, ‘Another Kind of Gewalt: Beyond Law. Re-Reading Walter Benjamin’, in Historical Materialism, 17:1, 126–144. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2006, La vera politica. Kant e Benjamin: la possibilità della giustizia, Macerata: Quodlibet. (Scholar)
  • Weber, S., 2008, Benjamin's -abilities, Cambridge, MA., & London: Harvard University Press. (Scholar)
  • Weigel, S., 1996, Body- and Image-Space: Re-Reading Walter Benjamin, London & New York: Routledge. (Scholar)
  • Wohlfarth, I., 1978, ‘On the Messianic Structure of Benjamin's Last Reflections’, in Glyph 3, 148–212, reprinted in Osborne 2005, I: 169–231. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1992, ‘The Politics of Youth: Walter Benjamin's Reading of The Idiot’, in Diacritics 22 (3/4), 160-172. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2002, ‘Walter Benjamin and the Idea of Technological Eros: A Tentative Reading of Zum Planetarium’, in Benjamin Studies/Studien 1, 65–109. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2008–9, ‘Walter Benjamin and the Red Army Faction’, Parts, 1–3, Radical Philosophy 142–144, Nov/Dec 2008, Jan/Feb 2009, March/April 2009, 7–19, 13–26, 9–24.  (Scholar)
  • Wolin, R., 1994, An Aesthetics of Redemption, Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press. (Scholar)

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