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The ruins lesson meaning and material in Western culture Susan Stewart

By: Material type: TextTextLanguage: English Publisher: Chicago London University of Chicago Press [2020]Description: XIV, 378 Seiten, 8 ungezählte Seiten Tafeln IllustrationenContent type:
  • Text
Media type:
  • ohne Hilfsmittel zu benutzen
Carrier type:
  • Band
ISBN:
  • 9780226632612
Subject(s): Additional physical formats: No titleDDC classification:
  • 809/.9335
LOC classification:
  • PN56.R87
Other classification:
  • KUNST
  • EC 5410
  • 17.93
  • 18.00
  • 20.22
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Contents:
Summary: "In "The Ruins Lesson," the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet-critic Susan Stewart explores the West's fascination with ruins in literature, visual art, and architecture, covering a vast chronological and geographical range from the ancient Egyptians to T. S. Eliot. In the multiplication of images of ruins, artists, and writers she surveys, Stewart shows how these thinkers struggled to recover lessons out of the fragility or our cultural remains. She tries to understand the appeal in the West of ruins and ruination, particularly Roman ruins, in the work and thought of Goethe, Piranesi, Blake, and Wordsworth, whom she returns to throughout the book. Her sweeping, deeply felt study encompasses the founding legends of broken covenants and original sin; Christian transformations of the classical past; the myths and rituals of human fertility; images of ruins in Renaissance allegory, eighteenth-century melancholy, and nineteenth-century cataloguing; and new gardens that eventually emerged from ancient sites of disaster"--
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single unit book single unit book HAC Library - Holdings of the American Academy in Berlin HAC – 1st floor – Library Room – Open Stacks F (Affiliated) F:PN56.R87 S74 2020 (Browse shelf(Opens below)) Available 2023-4601
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Introduction: Valuing Ruin -- Matter: This Ruined Earth -- Marks: Inscriptions and Spolia -- Mater: Nymphs, Virgins, and Whores-On the Ruin of Women -- Matrix: Humanism and the Rise of the Ruins Print -- Model: The Architectural Imaginary -- Mirrors: The Voyages and Fantasies of the Ruins Craze -- The Unfinished: On the Nonfinality of Certain Works of Art -- Resisting Ruin: The Decay of Monuments and the Promises of Language

"In "The Ruins Lesson," the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet-critic Susan Stewart explores the West's fascination with ruins in literature, visual art, and architecture, covering a vast chronological and geographical range from the ancient Egyptians to T. S. Eliot. In the multiplication of images of ruins, artists, and writers she surveys, Stewart shows how these thinkers struggled to recover lessons out of the fragility or our cultural remains. She tries to understand the appeal in the West of ruins and ruination, particularly Roman ruins, in the work and thought of Goethe, Piranesi, Blake, and Wordsworth, whom she returns to throughout the book. Her sweeping, deeply felt study encompasses the founding legends of broken covenants and original sin; Christian transformations of the classical past; the myths and rituals of human fertility; images of ruins in Renaissance allegory, eighteenth-century melancholy, and nineteenth-century cataloguing; and new gardens that eventually emerged from ancient sites of disaster"--

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