Aby Warburg and Anti-semitism: Political Perspectives on Images and Culture (Kritik: German Literary Theory and Cultural Studies Series)

Aby Warburg and Anti-semitism: Political Perspectives on Images and Culture (Kritik: German Literary Theory and Cultural Studies Series)

By: Charlotte Schoell-Glass (author)Hardback

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This is a landmark study on Aby Warburg's life and work, translated into English.In "Aby Warburg and Anti-Semitism", Charlotte Schoell-Glass provides an unprecedented look at the life and writings of cultural critic Aby Warburg through the prism of Warburg's little-known political views. Schoell-Glass argues provocatively based on archival research that Warburg's work and teachings developed as a reaction to the growing anti-Semitism in Germany, which he saw as a threat to classical education and university scholarship. Translated into English for the first time, "Aby Warburg and Anti-Semitism" sheds much needed light on Warburg's views on Judaism and the politics of his time.Aby Warburg, scion of a well-known Jewish banking family in Hamburg, sacrificed his birthright to pursue a career as a private scholar. As an independent art historian, he devoted himself almost exclusively to reinterpreting the revival of antiquity within the Renaissance, urging other art historians to approach their work as a brand of the larger study of image making and philosophy. In this study, Schoell-Glass examines Warburg's most influential essays on Durer, Rembrandt, and the Sassetti Chapel and his most innovative concepts - the accessories of motion, the pathos formula, and the afterlife of antiquity - to illustrate how Warburg persistently showed a deep concern over a disappointing and unstable outside world within his own work. Schoell-Glass shows how Warburg attempts to make a response to anti-Semitism the only way he knew how, despite his awareness of the diminishing societal relevance of that response.From this study of Warburg, Schoell-Glass produces a multilayered case study of the encounter between twentieth-century politics and scholarship. Art historians, German historians, and scholars of Jewish studies and cultural studies will be grateful for this volume.

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Charlotte Schoell-Glass is an art historian teaching at the University of Hamburg and has published extensively on Aby Warburg.

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/07/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780814332559
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780814332559
  • weight: 549
  • ISBN10: 0814332552

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