Socialism and the Writer

  • Julian Roberts
Part of the Contemporary Social Theory book series


Bejamin as a young student had condemned the universities for their debasement of Geist to the functional purposes of acquiring a profession. ‘There are evil consequences when institutions which offer titles, qualifications and openings into a career and a profession are allowed to call themselves places of science’, he had roundly declared.1 But, as he later recalled at the age of forty, he too had been obliged to seek a career, and had not noticed in his failure any of the high-minded compensations his early attitude might have led him to expect.2 His failure to achieve the Habilitation, and his father’s fairly brutal insistence that his son had to earn a living just like anyone else, concentrated his mind firmly on the realities of practical employment.


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Notes and References

  1. 14.
    On the problem of continuity see Ulrike Hörster-Philipps, ‘Grosskapital, Weimarer Republik und Faschismus’, in R. Kühnl, G Hardach (eds), Die Zerstörung der Weimarer Republik (Cologne: Pahl-Rugenstein, 1977).Google Scholar
  2. 16.
    F. Deppe, Georg Fülberth, Jürgen Harrer (eds), Geschichte der deutschen Gewerkschaftsbewegung (Cologne: Pahl-Rugenstein, 1978) 178ff. 178ff.Google Scholar
  3. 37.
    Helga Gallas, Marxistische Literaturtheorie (Frankfurt: Roter Stern, 1978) 45ff.Google Scholar
  4. 39.
    Bertolt Brecht, Tagebücher und autobiographische Aufzeichnungen (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1978) 217.Google Scholar
  5. 51.
    See Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Willy Haas, Briefwechsel, 1968.Google Scholar
  6. 63.
    Walter Fahnders, Martin Rector, Literatur im Klassenkampf (Frankfurt: Fischer, 1974) 21ff.Google Scholar
  7. 64.
    See Gallas, Literaturtheorie, and W. Fähnders, M. Rector, Linksradikalismus und Literatur (Reinbek: Rowohlt, 1974) II, 207ff.Google Scholar
  8. 73.
    Rolf Tiedemann, Studien zur Philosophic Walter Benjamins (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1973) 112.Google Scholar
  9. 82.
    Brecht, Arbeitsjournal (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1977) I (1938–42), 14.Google Scholar
  10. 83.
    Compare Brecht’s letters to Benjamin in Bertolt Brecht, Briefe (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1981).Google Scholar
  11. 84.
    Brecht, Schriften zur Politik und Gesellschaft (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1977) 370f.Google Scholar
  12. 94.
    Br 724; T. Adorno, W. Krenek, Briefwechsel (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1976) 20.Google Scholar
  13. 98.
    Martin Jay, The Dialectical Imagination; A History of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research 1923–50 (London: Heinemann, 1973) 29, 31, 37, 39.Google Scholar
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    Jay, Imagination, 23; Über Walter Benjamin, ed. S. Unseld (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1968) 10; Scholem, Benjamin, 199; Br 663.Google Scholar

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