Introduction (to Dossier on Walter Benjamin and Education)

Charles, M. and Eiland, H. 2018. Introduction (to Dossier on Walter Benjamin and Education). boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture . 45 (2), pp. 1-10. doi:10.1215/01903659-4380970

TitleIntroduction (to Dossier on Walter Benjamin and Education)
TypeJournal article
AuthorsCharles, M. and Eiland, H.
Abstract

Although it is well known that Walter Benjamin played a leading role in the antebellum German Youth Movement, withdrawing from the presidency of the Berlin Independent Students Association and from other reformist activities only with the onset of World War I, scholars often do not ask whether this multifaceted student activism had any effect on his later thought and writing. This dossier proposes to investigate the early writings on youth and educational reform and their discernible afterlife in the better known historical-materialist phase of Benjamin’s career, including his writings on radio, film, children’s literature, and children’s theater, as well as his studies of Franz Kafka and Bertolt Brecht. The introduction provides brief summaries of the ten articles comprising the dossier and their relation to one another, and it addresses the question of the relevance of Benjamin’s ideas on education to contemporary debates concerning pedagogy.

KeywordsWalter Benjamin
Education
Journalboundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture
Journal citation45 (2), pp. 1-10
ISSN0190-3659
Year2018
PublisherDuke University Press
Accepted author manuscript
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1215/01903659-4380970
Web address (URL)https://read.dukeupress.edu/boundary-2/article-abstract/45/2/1/134094/Introduction
Publication dates
Published01 May 2018

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