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Published: 26 September 2019

432 Pages | 23 Illustrations


ISBN: 9780198845669

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Gothic Antiquity

History, Romance, and the Architectural Imagination, 1760-1840

Dale Townshend

  • The first sustained historical account of the relationship between Gothic architecture and Gothic and Romantic literature from 1760 to 1840
  • Explores the extent to which the literary Gothic aesthetic participated in the architectural debates and practices with which it was contemporary, and how architectural aestheticians and practicing architects responded to Gothic literature
  • Studies a number of hitherto overlooked archival sources, including work by Horace Walpole and Ann Radcliffe, and offers a ground-breaking reinterpretation of early Gothic writing
  • The historicist methodology is complemented throughout by a close engagement with extant scholarship in the fields of architectural history; the Georgian and Victorian Gothic Revival; antiquarianism; Romanticism; and Gothic Studies