In the footsteps of Walter Benjamin

Michael D. Jackson

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In 2003, anthropologist and poet Michael Jackson went to French Catalonia with the intention of crossing the Pyrenees on the anniversary of Walter Benjamin's fateful journey on 25-26 September 1940. Retracing Benjamin's steps over a tortuous terrain of vineyards, stony paths and Mediterranean maquis, Jackson meditates on the life and work of the great twentieth-century philosopher, critical theorist, and essayist, as well as on the ways that events beyond our control or comprehension impact on and shape the course of our individual journeys through life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-27
Number of pages22
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • exile
  • France
  • Banyuls-sur-Mer
  • Walter Benjamin
  • events
  • journey
  • refugees


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