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Architecture and the Historical Imagination


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Contents: Preface. Part I Restoration and Loss: Mourning; Architecture painted. Part II The Gothic Reborn: History re-enacted; Reviving the Gothic; The Gothic narrated. Part III The Gothic Disseminated: Toward empire; The Gothic put to use; Physiology of the ancient architecture of France. Part IV The Gothic as Will: War rue Bonaparte: 1856-1864; Instinct and race; Style. Part V Transgressions into Modernity: Locomotives and iron; At war; Late works; Conclusion: autogenic rebirth; Bibliography; Index.

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Martin Bressani is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director at the School of Architecture, McGill University, Canada.


'This is a magnum opus, in more than one sense of the term. An important work, the product of vast research and dedicated scholarship, Bressani's biographical study is a timely contribution not only to architectural studies but also to the field of historical culture in general. Through tracing Viollet-le-Duc's achievement in relation to the broad transition from Romanticism to Modernity, Bressani succeeds in bringing out his wider significance as an artist and thinker, and as a major figure in French Romanticism.' Stephen Bann, Bristol University, UK 'This ambitious book is unprecedented ... Not only the author but the publisher should be commended for this stimulating, illuminating study, which will become a standard work of reference.' Burlington Magazine 'Somme toute, cet ouvrage biographique et empirique retrace d'une maniere rarement approfondie, contextualisee et sourcee la vie et l'oeuvre du "maitre" du neogothique, a l'appui d'une belle iconographie couleur pleinement au service du propos. La mise en perspective systematique avec l'histoire de l'architecture, de la societe, de la pensee contemporaine, permet de situer d'autant mieux les motivations de son appel au medievisme archeologique et la place singuliere de son anti-academisme au sein de la communaute artistique de son temps ... le lecteur anglophone de France et d'ailleurs ne pourra que s'enrichir de cette somme qui nourrit amplement l'histoire de l'architecture - et de sa pensee - au XIXe siecle.' Sehepunkte 'A thoughtful and comprehensive account ... Bressani's discussion of [the Dictionnaire Raisonne de l'Architecture]. His perceptive thoroughnes extends to a careful discussion of the technique of the engraved illustrations.' Victorian

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