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Habits of Distraction, Paperback / softback Book


Starting with Walter Benjamin's idea of 'reception in a state of distraction' and looking briefly at some antecedents for Benjamin's thinking, this book develops a working model of distraction in interpretation.

Examples are taken from film (Benjamin's test case), literature, music, painting and photography; the book closes with a 'distracted' reading of a classic work of concentration: Milton's Paradise Lost.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
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  • Category: Literary theory
  • ISBN: 9781845192501

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