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Gothic Antiquity: History, Romance, and the Architectural Imagination, 1760-1840

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Gothic Antiquity: History, Romance, and the Architectural Imagination, 1760-1840 provides the first sustained scholarly account of the relationship between Gothic architecture and Gothic literature (fiction; poetry; drama) in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Although the relationship between literature and architecture is a topic that has long preoccupied scholars of the literary Gothic, there remains, to date, no monograph-length study of the intriguing and complex interactions between these two aesthetic forms. Equally, Gothic literature has received only the most cursory of treatments in art-historical accounts of the early Gothic Revival in architecture, interiors, and design. In addressing this gap in contemporary scholarship, Gothic Antiquity seeks to situate Gothic writing in relation to the Gothic-architectural theories, aesthetics, and practices with which it was contemporary, providing closely historicized readings of a wide selection of canonical and lesser-known texts and writers. Correspondingly, it shows how these architectural debates responded to, and were to a certain extent shaped by, what we have since come to identify as the literary Gothic mode. In both its 'survivalist' and 'revivalist' forms, the architecture of the Middle Ages in the long eighteenth century was always much more than a matter of style. Incarnating, for better or for worse, the memory of a vanished 'Gothic' age in the modern, enlightened present, Gothic architecture, be it ruined or complete, prompted imaginative reconstructions of the nation's past—a notable 'visionary' turn, as the antiquary John Pinkerton put it in 1788, in which Gothic writers, architects, and antiquaries enthusiastically participated.

The volume establishes a series of dialogues between Gothic literature, architectural history, and the antiquarian interest in the material remains of the Gothic past, and argues that these discrete yet intimately related approaches to vernacular antiquity are most fruitfully read in relation to one another.

Συγγραφέας: Townshend Dale
Εκδότης: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Σελίδες: 432
ISBN: 9780198845669
Εξώφυλλο: Σκληρό Εξώφυλλο
Αριθμός Έκδοσης: 1
Έτος έκδοσης: 2019

Preface
Introduction: Gothic Antiquity, Gothic Architecture, Gothic Romance
1:Associationist Aesthetics and the Foundations of the Architectural Imagination
2:Horace Walpole's Enchanted Castles
3:From 'Castles in the Air' to the Topographical Gothic: Locating Ann Radcliffe's Architectural Imagination
4:Improvement, Repair, and the Uses of the Gothic Past: Architecture, Chivalry, and Romance
5:Venerable Ruin' or 'Nurseries of Superstition': Ecclesiastical Architecture and the Gothic Literary Aesthetic
6:Antiquarian Gothic Romance: Castles, Ruins, and Visions of Gothic Antiquity
Conclusion: From the Gothic to the Medieval: Historiography, Romanticism, and the Trajectories of the Architectural Imagination

Dale Townshend is Professor of Gothic Literature in the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University. He has published widely on Gothic and Romantic writing of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, including most recently The Gothic World (with Glennis Byron; Routledge, 2014); Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism and the Gothic (with Angela Wright; Cambridge University Press, 2014); Romantic Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion (with Angela Wright; Edinburgh University Press, 2016); and Writing Britain's Ruins (with Michael Carter and Peter N. Lindfield; British Library, 2017). He was academic advisor on the 'Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination' exhibition at the British Library (2014-2015). Between June 2015 and June 2017, he was the Principal Investigator on an AHRC Leadership Fellowship entitled Writing Britain's Ruins, 1700-1850: The Architectural Imagination, and in 2016, held a Fellowship at the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

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