If you are having trouble with the NLR website, please provide details here, and we will try to improve the site accordingly.
New Left Review
Introduction to Benjamin
Although Walter Benjamin possessed a profound knowledge of classical German literature, his preoccupation with modernism usually led him to explore more obscure or neglected traditions. Thus he ignored mainstream German drama in favour of Baroque tragedy, because of the relevance of allegory to Expressionism; and his writings on Romanticism pursued a similar strategy. For this reason alone the essay printed here holds special interest, as one of the few exceptions to Benjamin’s evasion of the classical tradition.
Subscribe for just £35 and get free access to the archive
Please login on the left to read more or buy the article for £3