Postsecular Benjamin

Agency and Tradition

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Brian Britt
  • Evanston, IL: 
    Northwestern University Press
    , May
     224 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


In readings of Walter Benjamin's work, religion often marks a boundary between scholarly camps, but it rarely receives close and sustained scrutiny. Benjamin's most influential writings pertain to modern art and culture, but he frequently used religious language while rejecting both secularism and religious revival. Benjamin was, in today's terms, postsecular. Postsecular Benjamin explicates Benjamin's engagements with religious traditions as resources for contemporary debates on secularism, conflict, and identity. Brian Britt argues that what animates this work on tradition is the question of human agency, which he pursues through lively and sustained experimentation with ways of thinking, reading, and writing.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Brian Britt is a professor in and chair of the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia. He is the author of Biblical Curses and the Displacement of Tradition. 


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