Reality as Palimpsest: On Benjamin’s Arcades Project

Howard Eiland has been involved since the late nineteen-eighties with the multi-volume Harvard University Press edition of the works of Walter Benjamin, an influential German writer who died in 1940 while in flight from the Nazis. He co-edited three volumes of Benjamin’s Selected Writings and co-translated Benjamin’s Arcades Project, and he has also translated Benjamin’s Berlin Childhood around 1900 and his On Hashish. He is presently collaborating on a biography of Benjamin and preparing a translation of Benjamin’s early writings. He is a Lecturer in Literature at MIT.

Introduction: Robert Kaufman, Professor of Comparative Literature and Co-director of The Program in Critical Theory, UC Berkeley