Heinrich Robert Zimmer1890 - 1953 (63 Jahre)
Name Heinrich Robert Zimmer Geboren 1890 Greifswald, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Deutschland Geschlecht männlich Occupation/Beruf Indologe, Philologe Biography Heinrich Robert Zimmer was born in 1890 in Greifswald. He was an eminent Indologist and historian of South Asian art, most known for his works, Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization and Philosophies of India. He was the most important German scholar in Indian Philology after Max Müller (1823-1900).
Zimmer began his career studying Sanskrit and linguistics at the University of Berlin where he graduated in 1913. Between 1920-24 he lectured at the University of Greifswald, moving to Heidelberg University to fill the Chair of Indian Philology (1924-1938).
In 1929 he married Christiane von Hofmannsthal, the daughter of the novelist and dramatist Hugo von Hofmannsthal.
In 1938 he was dismissed by the Nazis, and he and his wife emigrated to England where between 1939-40 he taught at Balliol College, Oxford. In 1940 he moved to New Rochelle, New York where he eventually accepted a Visiting Lecturer position in Philosophy at Columbia University. Here, Joseph Campbell, who was then working on his first book, A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake (1944) attended his lectures. The two men became good friends.
Zimmer's method was to examine religious images using their sacred significance as a key to their psychic transformation. His use of (Indian) philosophy and religious history to interpret art was at odds with traditional scholarship. His vast knowledge of Hindu mythology and philosophy (particularly Puranic and Tantric works) gave him insights into the art, insights that were appreciated by Joseph Campbell among others. Campbell edited many of Zimmer's writings after his death. The psychiatrist Carl Jung also developed a long-standing relationship with Zimmer, and incidentally edited a volume of Zimmer's entitled Der Weg zum Selbst (The Way to the Self). The two men first met in 1932, after which Zimmer, along with Richard Wilhelm, became one of the few male friends of Jung.
Zimmer is credited by many for the popularizing of South Asian art in the West, as he was the first to identify the radical difference between Western classical and Indian art.
Zimmer died of pneumonia in 1943. After his death, Campbell was given the task of editing and posthumously publishing Zimmer's papers, which he did over the next 12 years, turning Zimmer’s lecture notes into four books, in the Bollingen Series: Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization, Philosophies of India, The Art of Indian Asia, and The King and the Corpse, which in turn became Zimmer's lasting legacy.
In 2010, a “Heinrich Zimmer Chair for Indian Philosophy and Intellectual History” was inaugurated at Heidelberg University.
- Kunstform und Yoga im Indischen Kultbild (Artistic Form and Yoga in the Sacred Images of India ; Translated and edited by Gerald Chapple, James B. Lawson and J. Michael McKnight )
- Maya: Der Indische Mythos. (1936)
- Der Weg zum Selbst (The Way to the Self) (1944)
- Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization. Edited by Joseph Campbell. (1946)
- Hindu Medicine.Edited by Ludwig Edelstein.(1948)
- The King and the Corpse: Tales of the Soul's Conquest of Evil. Edited by Joseph Campbell. (1948)
- Philosophies of India. Edited by Joseph Campbell. (1953). ISBN 0-691-01758-1.
- The Art of Indian Asia, its Mythology and Transformations. Completed and edited by Joseph Campbell. (1955)
- Heinrich Zimmer : Coming Into His Own. Edited by Margaret H Case. (1994)
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_Zimmer (17.2.2014)
Gestorben 20 Mrz 1953 New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York, United States (USA) Notizen
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