The Transformative Power of the Copy
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Forberg, Corinna and Stockhammer, Philipp W. (Eds.): The Transformative Power of the Copy: A Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Approach, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2017 (Heidelberg Studies on Transculturality, Vol. 2).

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Published 28.07.2017.


Corinna Forberg and Philipp W. Stockhammer (Eds.)

The Transformative Power of the Copy

A Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Approach

Heidelberg Studies on Transculturality

This volume offers a fresh perspective on the copy and the practice of copying, two topics that, while the focus of much academic discussion in recent decades, have been underrepresented in the discourse on transculturality. Here, experts from a wide range of academic disciplines present their views on the copy from a transcultural perspective, seeking not to define the copy uniformly, but to reveal its dynamic and transformative power. The copy and the practice of copying are thus presented as constituents of transculturality via thought-provoking contributions on topics spanning time periods from antiquity to the present, and regions from Asia to Europe. In so doing, these contributions aim to create the basis for a novel, interdisciplinary discourse on the copy and its transcultural impact throughout history.

Corinna Forberg holds a PhD in art history from the University of Vienna. Her current research project focusses on the concept of the copy and copying in European art via the transformations of Indian artifacts from the seventeenth to twentieth century.

Philipp Stockhammer is professor for prehistoric archaeology with a focus on the Eastern Mediterranean at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich and co-director of the Max-Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean.

Front Matter
Table of Contents
Philipp W. Stockhammer, Corinna Forberg
Part I: The Copy and Anthropology
Gustavo Lins Ribeiro
What’s in a Copy?
Patrice Ladwig
Mimetic Theories, Representation, and “Savages”. Critiques of the Enlightenment and Modernity Through the Lens of Primitive Mimesis
Part II: The Copy and Reality
Susanne Knaller
Always Dealing with Reality but Never Too Close to It: Original and Copy in Modern Aesthetics
Jens Schröter
Limiting the Power of the Copy
Part III: The Copy and the Original
Rune Graulund
The Hegemony of the Copy: The Manuscript, the Book, and the Electronic Text in the Age of Limitless Digital Storage
Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer
Copy and Write: The Transformative Power of Copying in Language
Alexander Schwan
“Beyoncé is Not the Worst Copycat”: The Politics of Copying in Dance
Part IV: The Copy and Materiality
Philipp W. Stockhammer
The Dawn of the Copy in the Bronze Age
Charlotte Schreiter
The Power of Material and Context: Large-Scale Copies After the Antique in the Late Eighteenth Century
Eberhard Ortland
Copies of Famous Pictures in Tadao Andōʼs “Garden of Fine Art” in Kyōto
Part V: The Copy and Power
Birgit Mersmann
Image Enhancement through Copying? Global and Local Strategies of Reproduction in the Field of World Art and Heritage
Christoph Brumann
How to Be Authentic in the UNESCO World Heritage System: Copies, Replicas, Reconstructions, and Renovations in a Global Conservation Arena
Michael Falser
Colonial Appropriation, Physical Substitution, and the Metonymics of Translation: Plaster Casts of Angkor Wat for Museum Collections in Paris and Berlin
Part VI: The Copy and Competition
Roland Prien
The Copy of an Empire? Charlemagne, the Carolingian Renaissance and Early-medieval Perceptions of Late Antiquity
Julia Weber
Copying and Competition: Meissen Porcelain and the Saxon Triumph over the Emperor of China
Corinna Forberg
Copying the World's Emperor: Dinglinger's Great Moghul and the French Model of Absolute Power
About the Authors