Architecture and Modern Literature

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University of Michigan Press, Apr 10, 2012 - Architecture - 285 pages
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Architecture and Modern Literature explores the representation and interpretation of architectural space in modern literature from the early nineteenth century to the present, with the aim of showing how literary production and architectural construction are related as cultural forms in the historical context of modernity. In addressing this subject, it also examines the larger questions of the relation between literature and architecture and the extent to which these two arts define one another in the social and philosophical contexts of modernity. Architecture and Modern Literature will serve as a foundational introduction to the emerging interdisciplinary study of architecture and literature. David Spurr addresses a broad range of material, including literary, critical, and philosophical works in English, French, and German, and proposes a new historical and theoretical overview of this area, in which modern forms of "meaning" in architecture and literature are related to the discourses of being, dwelling, and homelessness.

 

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Contents

Meaning in Architecture and Literature
1
Architectural and Literary Modernisms
50
Sade Dickens Kafka
73
3 Allegories of the Gothic in the Long Nineteenth Century
99
Ruskin and ViolletleDuc
142
5 Prousts Interior Venice
162
6 Monumental Displacement in Ulysses
187
7 Architecture in Frost and Stevens
204
Architectural Disaffection in Contemporary Literature
221
Covered Ground
249
Notes
255
Bibliography
263
Index
277
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David Spurr is Professor of English at the Université de Genève, Switzerland.

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