• José Angel GARCÍA LANDA deposited Unpacking Benjamin in the group Group logo of PhilosophyPhilosophy on Humanities Commons 11 months ago

    This is a note on Walter Benjamin’s essay on collecting, “Unpacking My Library” (orig. published in German in 1931). Benjamin’s reflections on collecting are analyzed with reference to Modernist themes in Baudelaire and Proust, and to the Modernist concern with memory in the structuring of the self. The essay is held to be a half-ironic self-portrait showing some tensions or uncertainties in Benjamin’s class positioning and allegiances.