Mapping Ethnography In Early Modern Germany: New Worlds in Print Culture

Hardcover | September 15, 2010

byStephanie Leitch

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As the first book-length examination of the role of German print culture in mediating Europe’s knowledge of the newly discovered people of Africa, South Asia, and the Americas, this work highlights a unique and early incident of visual accuracy and an unprecedented investment in the practice of ethnography.

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As the first book-length examination of the role of German print culture in mediating Europe’s knowledge of the newly discovered people of Africa, South Asia, and the Americas, this work highlights a unique and early incident of visual accuracy and an unprecedented investment in the practice of ethnography.

Stephanie Leitch is Assistant Professor of Northern European Art at Florida State University. She has published essays in the journals Art Bulletin and in Art History.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.37 × 6.26 × 0.78 inPublished:September 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230620299

ISBN - 13:9780230620292

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Table of Contents

Wonder and the Working Print: an Introduction * Centering the Self: Mapping the Nuremberg Chronicle and the Limits of the World * The Wild Man, the German Body, and the Emperor’s New Clothes * Hans Burgkmair’s Peoples of Africa and India (1508) and the Foundations of Ethnography in Print * Recuperating the Eyewitness: Jörg Breu’s Images of Islamic and Hindu Culture in Ludovico Varthema’s Travels (1515) * The Amerindian’s Moveable Feast: From Cannibal Roast to Fools’ Fete

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*Winner of the 2011 Roland H. Bainton Prize for Art History*'This is a densely documented, extensively researched, richly nuanced analysis of prints published in the late fifteenth/early sixteenth centuries. Leitch is thoroughly versed in the specialist scholarship on German art history pertinent to her subject. This book makes an original contribution to a newly emerging field of critical study of prints as well as the study of travel literature. One of the most striking features of the manuscript is its documentation of the earliest European visual responses to New World and Asian contacts. Leitch's material is highly significant for being much earlier and providing evidence of far richer visual responses to extra-European contact than most of us currently realize.' - Claire J. Farago, Professor of Early Modern Art, Theory, and Criticism, University of Colorado at Boulder"Leitch's work highlights visual materials and intellectual questions of increasing concern among scholars of early modernity. This work is both interdisciplinary in ambition and deeply committed to the reading and analysis of printed imagery. Leitch's queries about visual representation and its technologies and about European engagements with foreign peoples open onto interesting chapters in the history of ethnography, the history of art, and the history of the book.' - Dana Leibsohn, Priscilla Paine van der Poel Associate Professor of Art, Smith College