Ruins in Sir Walter Scott’s Historical Novel: A Case of Diachronic Interpretation of Architecture

Jun 23, 2010

Architectural ruins present diametrical relationships between the past and the present. This paper traces this function of architecture and identifying its pedigree in the nineteenth century, in which literary authors, artists, and stage managers incorporated buildings’ depictions to feed the historical imagination. In particular, it discusses the role architectural ruins played in Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel, referring to his 'Kenilworth: A Romance.'

Rumiko Handa (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Presented at: 
ARCC/EAAE 2010 International Conference on Architectural Research
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC)

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