Walter Benjamin’s Antifascist Education: From Riddles to Radio

English | ISBN: 1438477511 | 2020 | 258 pages | PDF | 1404 KB

A comprehensive study of education in the writings of Walter Benjamin.

Walter Benjamin’s Antifascist Education is the first comprehensive analysis of educational themes across the entirety of the critical theorist’s diverse writings. Starting with Benjamin’s early reflections on teaching and learning, Tyson E. Lewis argues that the aesthetic and cultural forms to which Benjamin so often turned―namely, radio broadcasts, children’s theatrical productions, collections, cityscapes, public cinemas, and word games―swell with educational potentialities. What emerges from Lewis’s reading is a constellational curriculum composed of minor practices such as poor teaching, absentminded learning, and nondurational studying. This curriculum carries political significance, offering an antidote to past and present forms of fascist manipulation, hardness, and coldness. is a testimony to Benjamin’s belief that “everyone is an educator and everyone needs to be educated and everything is education.”
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