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Dreamland of HumanistsWarburg, Cassirer, Panofsky, and the Hamburg School$
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Emily J. Levine

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226061689

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226061719.001.0001

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The Hamburg-America Line: Exiles as Exports

The Hamburg-America Line: Exiles as Exports

(p.244) Ten The Hamburg-America Line: Exiles as Exports
Dreamland of Humanists

Emily J. Levine

University of Chicago Press

Chapter ten addresses the divergent trajectories of Cassirer and Panofsky in exile and reveals how generational differences between these scholars were manifest in their respective attitudes towards acclimation in their new environments and the translation of their ideas for new contexts. Cassirer’s commitment to the power of interpretation and the importance of precise narratives is increasingly evident in such works as An Essay on Man (1944) and The Myth of the State (1946). In contrast to Cassirer, who never felt entirely at home in America nor with the English language, Panofsky’s youth allowed him to begin a new career in America and, following his move, he never wrote in German again. This chapter provides historical context to the often assumed distinction between the “German” and the “American” Panofsky and argues that this context is necessary to understanding the intellectual choices he made against the backdrop of emigration and World War II that altered iconology in the English-speaking world.

Keywords:   exile, emigration, World War II, Cassirer, Panofsky, translation, iconology, English, German

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