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The Marble Wilderness

The Marble Wilderness
Ruins and Representation in Italian Romanticism, 1775–1850


  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521159296

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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.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521159296
    • length: 210 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Introduction: modes of archaeological representation, 1775–1850
    Part I. Papal Archaeology: The Encomiastic Mode:
    1. Monti's 'Prosopopea' and the ideology of the Pio-Clementine Museum
    2. The poetry of Papal encomium: archaeological texts and pretexts
    3. The rhetoric of restoration: archaeology and power, 1798–1840
    4. Archaeology and power, 1798–1840
    4. Archaology in Belli's Roman sonnets
    Part II. Risorgimento Archaeology: The Exhortatory Mode:
    5. Dei Sepolcri and the democratic tradition
    6. The Risorgimento debate: Mazzini and Gioberti
    7. Pius IX, the republic, and the scene of ruin
    Selected chronology
    Index of names.

  • Author

    Carolyn Springer

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