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Walter Benjamin's Antifascist Education
From Riddles to Radio
Walter Benjamin's Antifascist Education
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Tyson E. Lewis - Author
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 250 pages
Release Date: February 2020
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-7751-0

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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. Walter Benjamin’s Antifascist Education is a testimony to Benjamin’s belief that “everyone is an educator and everyone needs to be educated and everything is education.”

“Taking up the multifaceted Benjaminian conception of educational life—a life of studious straying and self-reflection at once critical and mimetic—and following its untoward trajectory in object areas as diverse as slapstick film, riddles, cityscapes, and children’s theater, this subtle, imaginative, and comprehensive analysis speaks directly to the moral and spiritual crisis of the present.” — Howard Eiland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tyson E. Lewis is Professor of Art Education at the University of North Texas. He is the author of several books, including Inoperative Learning: A Radical Rewriting of Educational Potentialities and On Study: Giorgio Agamben and Educational Potentiality.

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