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Memory, Metaphor, and Aby Warburg's Atlas of Images (Signale


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1. Atlas Gazed: Mnemosyne-Its Origins, Motives, and Scope 2. Ad oculos: Ways of Seeing, Reading, and Collecting 3. Metaphor Lost and Found in Mnemosyne 4. Translating the Symbol: Warburg and Cassirer 5. Metaphorologies: Nietzsche, Blumenberg, and Hegel 6. Exemplary Figures and Diagrammatic Thought 7. Synderesis: The "Bruno-Reise" Illustrations Bibliography Index

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Christopher D. Johnson is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He is the author of Hyperboles: The Rhetoric of Excess in Baroque Literature and Thought.


"Johnson's dense, rich, often digressive book defies summary. It is centrally concerned with Mnemosyne as a work of cultural memory based not on metonymy, like modernist montages, but on metaphor... He does much both to illuminate the Mnemosyne project and to place Warburg in the larger context of philosophical and critical thinking about metaphor."-Ritchie Robertson, Modern Language Review (January 2014) "Who could ever tire of Aby Warburg and his ceaselessly meandering mind? Can we ever read enough about this idiosyncratic and brilliant thinker? Probably not. Memory, Metaphor, and Aby Warburg's Atlas of Images is a most erudite and thoughtful analysis of Warburg's role in twentieth-century intellectual history. Christopher D. Johnson focuses on the way Warburg's triumph is rooted in metaphor and metonymy."-Michael Ann Holly, Starr Director of Research and Academic Program, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute "This is a rich and learned book, and also an extremely humane and attractive one. The final chapter, on Warburg and Bruno, has the status of revelation. It is absolutely fascinating, not only as a dialogue in intellectual history but also as a political allegory. Christopher D. Johnson pays close attention to Warburg's ethical and epistemological aspirations when he focuses on Warburg's final and uncompleted project: the Atlas of Images. Assembled during the years prior to his death in 1929, these collages strove to mount a history of cultural memory via a dense series of images from antiquity to the present."-Michael P. Steinberg, Director of the Cogut Humanities Center and Barnaby Conrad and Mary Critchfield Keeney Professor of History and Professor of Music, Brown University

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