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Architecture, Travellers and Writers: Constructing Histories of Perception 1640-1950

Architecture, Travellers and Writers: Constructing Histories of Perception 1640-1950

Hultzsch, Anne ORCID: 0000-0003-4433-5083 (2014) Architecture, Travellers and Writers: Constructing Histories of Perception 1640-1950. Legenda Studies in Comparative Literature . Maney Publishing, Oxford. ISBN 978-1907975639

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Abstract

Does the way in which buildings are looked at, and made sense of, change over the course of time? How can we find out about this? By looking at a selection of travel writings spanning four centuries, Anne Hultzsch suggests that it is language, the description of architecture, which offers answers to such questions. The words authors use to transcribe what they see for the reader to re-imagine offer glimpses at modes of perception specific to one moment, place and person. Hultzsch constructs an intriguing patchwork of local and often fragmentary narratives discussing texts as diverse as the 17th-century diary of John Evelyn, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (1719) and an 1855 art guide by Swiss art historian Jacob Burckhardt. Further authors considered include 17th-century collector John Bargrave, 18th-century novelist Tobias Smollett, poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, critic John Ruskin as well as the 20th-century architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner. Anne Hultzsch teaches at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: architecture, travel, perception, language, grand tour, Goethe, Jacob Burckhardt, John Evelyn, novel, guidebook
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2020 16:14
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Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 1
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28753

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