Benjamin & Kracauer

Through its editions and publications, the German Department in Princeton has a strong focus on critical theory and early 20th century media theory.

Walter Benjamin

Michael Jennings serves as the general editor of the standard English-language edition of Benjamin’s works.


Walter Benjamin, Selected Writings, (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, four volumes, 1996ff.). General editor: Michael Jennings. Editorial board: Marcus Bullock, Howard Eiland, Gary Smith.

  • Volume I: Metaphysics of Youth, Writings 1912-1926, Michael Jennings and Marcus Bullock, eds., 520 pp., 1996
  • Volume II: Crisis and Criticism, Writings 1926-1934, Michael Jennings, Howard Eiland, and Gary Smith, eds, 870 pp., 1999
  • Volume III: Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century, Writings 1935-1938, Michael Jennings and Howard Eiland, eds.,462 pp., 2002
  • Volume IV: On the Concept of History, Writings 1938-1940, Michael Jennings and Howard Eiland, eds., 478 pp., 2003

Walter Benjamin, The Writer of Modern Life: Essays on Charles Baudelaire. Ed. Michael W. Jennings. (Cambridge: Belknap, 2006).


Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility and other Writings on Media, Michael W. Jennings, Brigid Doherty, and Thomas Y. Levin Eds., (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008)

Siegfried Kracauer


Siegfried Kracauer, The Mass Ornament. Weimar Essays. Translated, edited and with an introduction by Thomas Y. Levin (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995)

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Michael Kessler and Thomas Y. Levin, Eds., Siegfried Kracauer. Neue Interpretationen (Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag, 1990)


Thomas Y. Levin, Siegfried Kracauer. Eine Bibliographie seiner Schriften. (Marbach am Neckar: Deutsche Schillergesellschaft 1989)

Thomas Y. Levin, “Neue Kracauer-Texte: Eine bibliographische Meldung,” Jahrbuch der Deutschen Schiller-Gesellschaft 35 (1991): 460-462

Thomas Y. Levin, “The English-language Reception of Kracauer’s Work: A Bibliography,” In: New German Critique 54 (1991): 183-189