More than twenty years after Clues, Myths, and the Historical Method was first published in English, this extraordinary collection remains a classic. The book brings together essays about Renaissance witchcraft, National Socialism, sixteenth-century Italian painting, Freud’s wolf-man, and other topics. In the influential centerpiece of the volume Carlo Ginzburg places historical knowledge in a long tradition of cognitive practices and shows how a research strategy based on reading clues and traces embedded in the historical record reveals otherwise hidden information. Acknowledging his debt to art history, psychoanalysis, comparative religion, and anthropology, Ginzburg challenges us to retrieve cultural and social dimensions beyond disciplinary boundaries.
In his new preface, Ginzburg reflects on how easily we miss the context in which we read, write, and live. Only hindsight allows some understanding. He examines his own path in research during the 1970s and its relationship to the times, especially the political scenes of Italy and Germany. Was he influenced by the environment, he asks himself, and if so, how? Ginzburg uses his own experience to examine the elusive and constantly evolving nature of history and historical research.
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About the Author
Carlo Ginzburg has taught at the University of Bologna, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. The recipent of the 2010 International Balzan Prize, he is author of The Night Battles: Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries and The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller, also published by Johns Hopkins.
Table of Contents
Preface to the 2013 Edition vii
Preface to the Italian Edition xv
Translators' Note xxi
Bibliographical Note xxiii
Witchcraft and Popular Piety: Notes on a Modenese Trial of 1519 1
From Aby Warburg to E. H. Gombrich: A Problem of Method 16
The High and the Low: The Theme of Forbidden Knowledge in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 54
Titian, Ovid, and Sixteenth-Century Codes for Erotic Illustration 70
Clues: Roots of an Evidential Paradigm 87
Germanic Mythology and Nazism: Thoughts on an Old Book by Georges Dumézil 114
Freud, the Wolf-Man, and the Werewolves 132
The Inquisitor as Anthropologist 141
Index of Names 205