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Esther Leslie has research interests in Marxist theories of aesthetics and culture and critical theory, with a particular focus on the work of Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno.

Other research interests include the poetics of science and technology, European literary and visual modernism and avant-gardes, animation, colour, fascism and anti-fascism, anarchism and madness.

Her books are Walter Benjamin: Overpowering Conformism (Pluto 2000), and Hollywood Flatlands, Animation, Critical Theory and the Avant Garde (Verso 2002), Synthetic Worlds: Nature, Art and the Chemical Industry (Reaktion, 2005) and Walter Benjamin (Reaktion 2007), Derelicts: Thought Worms from the Wreckage (Unkant, 2014), Liquid Crystals: The Science and Art of a Fluid Form (Reaktion, 2016) and, with Melanie Jackson, Deeper in the Pyramid (Banner Repeater, 2018).

For a filmic version of Deeper in the Pyramid, see here:

Her next book may be called Turbid Media. It considers a poetical politics of dust, clouds, atmospheres, slimy radical atoms, foams, fogs and froths.

Her translations include Georg Lukacs, A Defence of 'History and Class Consciousness' (Verso 2002), Walter Benjamin: The Archives (Verso, 2007) and Walter Benjamin: On Photography (Reaktion, 2015).

She edits two journals:

She has a colourful and infrequently updated website at: