Seminar with Howard Eiland, Michael Jennings, and Lindsay Waters

Critical Theory presents a special seminar and discussion with Howard Eiland, Michael Jennings, and Lindsay Waters, authors and editors of Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life (Harvard University Press, 2014).

Howard Eiland has been collaborating with Michael W. Jennings since the early 1990s on translating and editing the works of Walter Benjamin, including The Arcades Project, Berlin Childhood around 1900, On Hashish, Early Writings 1910-1917, and four published volumes to date of Benjamin’s Selected Writings. Their current project is a new translation of Benjamin’s Origin of the German Trauerspiel.

Michael Jennings is the Class of 1900 Professor of Modern Languages in the Department of German at Princeton University, and an Associated Faculty Member in the Department of Art and Archaeology and the School of Architecture. He is the author of two books on Walter Benjamin: Dialectical Images: Walter Benjamin’s Theory of Literary Criticism (Cornell University Press, 1987) and, with Howard Eiland, Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life. He is currently at work on two book projects: a study of the German photo-essay in the twentieth century, and a critical biography of Bertolt Brecht (Harvard University Press, forthcoming in 2018).

Lindsay Waters earned a PhD in English and Italian literature from the University of Chicago in 1976. He taught at Chicago State University and the University of Minnesota. At the University of Minnesota Press, he founded the Theory and History of Literature series. He moved to Harvard University Press in 1984, where he published Greil Marcus’s Lipstick Traces and various books of philosophy and feminist theory by authors from Paul Gilroy to Victoria Nelson. From Minnesota to Harvard, he has always pursued questions of how to revive aesthetics and literary history.

Co-presented with City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

From November 5-9, Howard Eiland, Michael Jennings, and Lindsay Waters speak at Haunted Reflections: Walter Benjamin in San Francisco, organized by City Lights Books and held in various San Francisco locations. This series of public lectures and discussions revisits Walter Benjamin’s life and ideas, and features Critical Theory faculty and other scholars. For more information, visit