Cultural Visions

Cultural Visions

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This collection opens with an inquiry into the assumptions and methods of the historical study of culture, comparing the qnew cultural historyq with the qold.q Thirteen essays follow, each defining a problem within a particular culture. In the first section, qBiography and Autobiography, q three scholars explore historically changing types of self-conception, each reflecting larger cultural meanings; essays included examine Italian Renaissance biographers and the autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and Mohandas Gandhi. A second group of contributors explore problems raised by the writing of history itself, especially as it relates to a notion of culture. Here examples are drawn from the writings of Thucydides, Jacob Burckhardt, and the art historians Alois Riegl and Josef Strzygowski. In the third section, qPolitics, Nationalism, and Culture, q the essays explore relationships between cultural creativity and national identity, with case studies focusing on the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, the place of Castile within the national history of Spain, and the impact of World War I on work of Thomas Mann. The final section, qCultural Translation, q raises the complex questions of cultural influence and the transmission of traditions over time through studies of Philo of Alexandria's interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, Erasmus' use of Socrates, Jean Bodin's conception of Roman law, and adaptations of the Hebrew Bible for American children.Essays in the History of Culture Penny Schine Gold, Benjamin C. Sax ... And nature observed easily led to the appreciation of nature as the source and height of beauty. ... In one of his larger contrasts upon which the meaning of The Civilization of the Renaissance emerges, Burckhardt admits that Germanic peoples of the Middle Ages possessed a deep feeling for ... After describing the development in the observation of the world, Burckhardt turns to the observation of the inner man.

Title:Cultural Visions
Author: Penny Schine Gold, Benjamin C. Sax
Publisher:Rodopi - 2000

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