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The Marble Wilderness : Ruins and Representation in Italian Romanticism, 1775-1850 - Carolyn Springer

The Marble Wilderness

Ruins and Representation in Italian Romanticism, 1775-1850

Paperback Published: 20th January 2011
ISBN: 9780521159296
Number Of Pages: 210

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In this 1987 text, by focusing on rhetoric, Dr Springer distinguishes between the encomiastic mode of the Papacy and the exhortatory mode of the Risorgimento. Springer shows that instead of concentrating on the pathos of the absence implicit in the ruined landscape of Rome, both the Church and its democratic opposition celebrated antiquity as a presence. Whereas the Church assembled the spoils of pagan Rome in the Vatican museums as proof of its temporal power, lay patriots from Foscolo to Mazzini appropriated the imagery of archaeology to call for a resurrection of Rome's republican traditions. Thus, the book argues, they concurred, despite dramatic ideological differences, in invoking archaeology as a figure of cultural rehabilitation. By analyzing a wide variety of cultural representations, the author shows that the metaphor of archaeology was central to the rhetoric of Italian romanticism and equally adaptable to the reinforcement and subversion of political authority.

List of illustrations
Introduction: modes of archaeological representation, 1775-1850
Papal Archaeology: The Encomiastic Mode
Monti's 'Prosopopea' and the ideology of the Pio-Clementine Museum
The poetry of Papal encomium: archaeological texts and pretexts
The rhetoric of restoration: archaeology and power, 1798-1840
Archaeology and power, 1798-1840
Archaology in Belli's Roman sonnets
Risorgimento Archaeology: The Exhortatory Mode
Dei Sepolcri and the democratic tradition
The Risorgimento debate: Mazzini and Gioberti
Pius IX, the republic, and the scene of ruin
Selected chronology
Index of names
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ISBN: 9780521159296
ISBN-10: 0521159296
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 20th January 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.31