The Building in the Text: Alberti to Shakespeare and Milton

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Penn State Press, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 220 pages

In The Building in the Text, Roy Eriksen shows that Renaissance writers conceived of their texts in accordance with architectural principles. His approach opens the way to wide-ranging discussions of the structure and meaning of a variety of literary texts and also provides new insights into the famed architectural ekphrases of Alberti and Vasari.

Analyzing such words as &"plot,&" &"topos,&" &"fabrica,&" and &"stanza,&" Eriksen discloses the fundamental spatial symmetries and complexities in the writings of Ariosto, Shakespeare, and Milton, among other major figures. Ultimately, his book uncovers and clarifies a tradition of literary architecture that is rooted in antiquity and based on correspondences regarded as ordering principles of the cosmos.

Eriksen&’s book will be of interest to art historians, historians of literature, and those concerned with the classical heritage, rhetoric, music, and architecture.

 

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Contents

List of Illustrations
ix
Acknowledgments
xi
Introduction
xiii
Architecture and the Art of Plotting
1
Latin Paraclausithyra and the Period as a Poetic Ideal
25
Representing Brunelleschis Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore
49
Vasaris lives of Michelangelo 1550 and 1568
79
Una fabrica di non tanta grandezza The Architecture of Tassos Paragone
111
Designing Epic Rooms Ariosto Tasso and Milton
129
Architecture and the Arts
147
Notes
151
References
175
Index
185
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About the author (2010)

Roy Eriksen is Professor of Interdisciplinary Italian Renaissance Studies at the University of Oslo in Rome.

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