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From the ‘Gothic’ to the ‘Medieval’: Romanticism, Architecture, History, 1800—1840

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Professor Dale Townshend of Manchester Metropolitan University will present this English Research Seminar. British culture of the early 19th century attests to a far-reaching ‘reinvention’ of the Middle Ages, from the benighted, Catholic pasts of ‘Gothic’ romance to the splendid ‘medieval’ pasts of the Victorian period. In this paper, Professor Townshend will trace and account for this transition across at least three interrelated fields: in reappraisals of the national past in the Romantic aesthetics of William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Walter Scott; in the shifting perceptions of Gothic architecture and the nature of the past that it was thought to embody in the work of AWN Pugin and John Ruskin; and in historiographic reconfigurations of what earlier periods had tended pejoratively to refer to as the ‘Dark Ages’ in the writings of John Lingard, William Cobbett, Samuel Roffey Maitland and others. Drawing the history of aesthetics, architecture and historiography into dialogue with one another, Professor Townshend will provide a revisionist reading of the genesis of what cultural historians.
Presenter
School of English
Type
Seminar
Open to
All staff and students, Public
Date
Wednesday, 11 April 2018
Time
5:15 PM to 7:00 PM
Where
Lawson Lecture Room, Kennedy Hall
Contact
Laura Mackintosh
Email
lah14@st-andrews.ac.uk
Website
http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/newsandevents
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