Christopher Johnson

Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, UCLA

Christopher D. Johnson, when he is not meandering on Warburg’s Wanderstrassen, teaches Spanish early modern literature at UCLA.

Previously he taught comparative literature at Harvard University and early modern English literature at Northwestern University. He is the author of Hyperboles: The Rhetoric of Excess in Baroque Literature and Thought(Harvard Studies in Comparative Literature, with Harvard University Press, 2010) and Memory, Metaphor, and Aby Warburg’s Atlas of Images (Cornell University Press and Cornell University Library, 2012). He also translated theSelected Poetry of Francisco de Quevedo: A Bilingual Edition (University of Chicago Press, 2009).

A native New Yorker, he received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from New York University. Not always a scholar, he has also worked as a bread baker, farmer, and journalist. Inspired in part by Warburg, he is currently writing a book on the “kinds” or genres of early modern encyclopedism.

Participant In:

Aby Warburg: Art, Neuroscience, and Psychoanalysis: Day 2

Sunday, October 13th
9:30 - 4:15PM

Past Event

This two-day symposium explores Warburg’s ideas and their adumbrations, e.g., his preoccupations with – and intuitions about – memory, both in relation to different forms of artistic creation and in anticipation of concepts related to neuroplasticity and neuroesthetics; the significance and fluency of the image – its elliptical and metaphoric functions – and of affect… read more »