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The Poetics of Ruins in Renaissance Literature$
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Andrew Hui

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823273355

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823273355.001.0001

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The Rebirth of Ruins

The Rebirth of Ruins

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The Poetics of Ruins in Renaissance Literature
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Andrew Hui

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823273355.003.0003

This chapter argues that how the idea that material ruins could be objects of empirical knowledge was born in the Renaissance and defined the period as such. Rome, the proverbial palimpsestic city, came to be written and rewritten upon. The identity of the “Eternal City” perdured in its temporal mutations and representations, surviving multiple displacements and spoliation. Rome moved from the singularity of the medieval palimpsest to the multiplicity of the early modern print. As a building’s constituent parts—pediments, cornices, shafts, and bases of columns—were ripped from its original site and transported across the city and beyond, guidebooks, prints, récits de voyage, mirabilia and other memorabilia carried Roman images far and wide.

Keywords:   prints, Renaissance aesthetics, Renaissance antiquarianism, Renaissance archaeology, Renaissance architecture, Rome, ruins, spolia

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