Colby Dickinson and Stéphane Symon, eds., Walter Benjamin and Theology

9780823270187_3

Fordham University Press, May 2016; 244 pages; ISBN  9780823270187; $125.00 (hardcover), $35.00 (paper)


With contributions by Giorgio Agamben, Kaspar Bulling, Judith Butler, Howard Cargill, Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky, Colby Dickinson, Howard Eland, Peter Fences, Eli Friedlander, Hill Haker, Michael Jennings, Adam Kotsko, Stéphane Symons, Annika Thiem, Sigrid Weigel, and Ryan Wines

In the Arcades Project, Walter Benjamin writes that his work is “related to theology as blotting pad is related to ink. It is saturated with it.” For a thinker so decisive to critical literary, cultural, political, and aesthetic writings over the past half-century, Benjamin’s relationship to theological matters has been less observed than it should, even despite a variety of attempts over the last four decades to illuminate the theological elements latent within his eclectic and occasional writings. Such attempts, though undeniably crucial to comprehending his thought, remain in need of deepened systematic analysis. In bringing together some of the most renowned experts from both sides of the Atlantic, Walter Benjamin and Theology seeks to establish a new site from which to address both the issue of Benjamin’s relationship with theology and all the crucial aspects that Benjamin himself grappled with when addressing the field and operations of theological inquiry.