Aby Warburg and America

The Art Historian as Ethnographer

Horst Bredekamp

Aby Warburg and America

Horst Bredekamp

Distributed for Bard Graduate Center

298 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781941792278 Will Publish March 2021
To a greater extent than still widely assumed, the German scholar Aby Warburg drew, throughout his life, on the lessons of two of its early episodes: his travels of 1895–96 among Pueblo Indian communities in the North American Southwest, and his residence of 1896–97 in Berlin, which he prized as a center for the study of ethnography, ethnology, and anthropology. Over the next three decades, this pioneering thinker was able to affect a fruitful amalgamation of those disciplines with that of art history (in which he had himself been trained): the origin of a form of cultural studies that continues to exert an extraordinary intellectual allure. Quoting from Warburg’s diaries, notebooks, and correspondence, this newly translated study throws fresh light on a most eventful journey through the realm of ideas.
 
Contents
Preface
Introduction: Between Two Worlds
1. 1879–1895: A Sensibility in the Making
2. 1895–1896: On the Move in America; Sites, Insights, Ideas
3. 1896–1897: Völkerkunde in Berlin; Objects and Narratives
4. 1897–1930: The Revelations of a “Larger” View
Notes
Appendix
Acknowledgements
Bibliography
Index
Picture Credits
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