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Presentation, “Jewish Travel Writing in the 1930s”


Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA

The New York Public Library’s extensive collection of travel books offers a perspective on what travel meant to Jews in the increasingly hostile world of the 1930s. The view from ca. 1930 sets the stage: travel accounts of the United States published in London, Riga, and elsewhere speak to curiosity about America. Descriptions of the…

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Sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America, this session investigates the special significance of Chinese textual objects in intercultural and historiographic perspective. Books include a Song dynasty catalogue of inscribed ritual artifacts from the ancient past that served to promote political legitimacy in the present, and a Japanese travel guide to China that adapted Chinese…

Analysis of two art bibliographies written a century apart – both composed in Italy by frustrated Austrians — underlines the constitutive role of bibliography. Catalogo ragionato dei libri d’arte, published in 1821 by Leopolodo Cicognara, conveys his overriding concern with reclaiming Italy’s past glory. An enthusiast of the French Revolution, Cicognara was appointed President of…

Session Chair, “The Print in the Codex ca. 1500 to 1900”


109th Annual Conference, College Art Association, online

Bibliographical Society of America sponsored session, College Art Association Annual Conference: prerecorded presentations (accessible during conference); live, online discussion (10 February, noon-12:30 pm). This session considers books transformed through the incorporation of independently printed images. The session focuses on the production and reception of such books between the late fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. These books…

This paper analyzes Jewish historic revival architecture to better understand the popular presentation of Jewish history in all its culturally situated complexity.   Session: History Writing and Its Popular Reception in Jewish Communities of 19th-Century Central Europe.