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The Poetics of Ruins in Renaissance Literature

Andrew Hui


When we think of ruins and literature, we usually think of Romanticism. The Poetics of Ruins in Renaissance Literature dislodges this critical commonplace by locating European literature’s fascination with architectural decay in the aesthetic culture from Petrarch to Spenser. The Renaissance was the Ruin-naissance, the birth of the ruin as category of discourse, one that inspired voluminous poetic production. The ruin thus became the material sign—the broken cipher—that marked the rupture between the world of the humanists and their idealized classical past. In the first full-length book to do ... More

Keywords: Classical tradition, Du Bellay, monuments, Petrarch, Renaissance poetry, Rome, ruins, Spenser

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823273355
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823273355.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Hui, author
Yale-NUS College, Singapore