About Author Forum

In Benjamin’s Library, Jane O. Newman offers, for the first time in any language, a reading of Walter Benjamin’s notoriously opaque work, Origin of the German Tragic Drama, that systematically attends to its place in the ideologically-charged discussions of the Baroque in Benjamin’s day.

November 28 – December 3, 2011
Jane O. Newman in discussion with Michael Jennings and Victoria Kahn

From Monday, November 28 through Saturday, December 3, 2011, Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought will host a real-time, online forum with Jane O. Newman, Michael Jennings, and Victoria Kahn devoted to Newman’s new book Benjamin’s Library: Modernity, Nation, and the Baroque. Author Forum is free and open to the public and public involvement in the discussion (via blog comments) is encouraged.

Join the discussion here (http://blogs.cornell.edu/signale2011newman/).

Signale is an electronic and print book series in literary studies, criticism, cultural studies, and intellectual history pertaining to the German-speaking world, co-published by Cornell University Press and Cornell University Library.

Jane Newman

Jane O. Newman is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Pastoral Conventions: Poetry, Language, and Thought in Seventeenth-Century Nuremberg and The Intervention of Philology: Gender, Learning, and Power in Lohenstein’s Roman Plays.

Michael Jennings

Michael Jennings is Class of 1900 Professor of Modern Languages and Professor of German at Princeton University. He is the author of, among other works, Dialectical Images: Walter Benjamin’s Theory of Literary Criticism and, with Howard Eiland, The Author as Producer: A Life of Walter Benjamin (forthcoming). He also serves as the general editor of the standard English-language edition of Benjamin’s works, the multi-volume Walter Benjamin, Selected Writings.

Victoria Kahn


Victoria Kahn is the Katharine Bixby Hotchkis Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Her books include Machiavellian Rhetoric: from the Counter-Reformation to Milton. Kahn is currently at work on a book project entitled “The Future of Illusion,” which explores the role of early modern texts in the construction of modernity.