Esther Leslie

Esther Leslie is Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. Her first book was Walter Benjamin: Overpowering Conformism (Pluto, 2000). She has also written a biography of Benjamin which was published by Reaktion in 2007. In 2002 she published Hollywood Flatlands: Animation, Critical Theory, and the Avant Garde (Verso), and Synthetic Worlds: Art, Nature and the Chemical Industry (Reaktion) appeared in 2005. Derelicts, a study of the effects of war on the critical writings of Benjamin, Adorno, Schjwitters, Kracauer and others was published by Unkant in 2014. She is currently writing a book on liquid crystals, and together with Ben Watson runs the website 

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