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Writing Britain s Ruins

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Over the course of the long 18th century (1700-1850), Britain's ruined medieval or "Gothic" abbeys, castles and towers became the objects of intense cultural interest. Turning their attention away from Classical to local and national sites of architectural ruin, antiquaries and topographers began to scrutinize and sketch, record and describe the material remains of the British past, an expression of interest in domestic antiquity that was shared by many contemporary painters, poets, writers, politicians and tourists. This new, highly illustrated book traces the ways in which a selection of English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish ruins served as the objects of continuous cultural reflection between 1700 and 1850, drawing together essays on the antiquarian, poetic, visual, oral, fictional, dramatic, political, legal and touristic responses that they engendered. Thoroughly interdisciplinary in its approach, Writing Britain's Ruins provides an accessible and engaging account of the ways in which Britain's ruins inspired writers, artists and thinkers during a period of extraordinary cultural richness.

Gothic Antiquity

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Gothic Antiquity: History, Romance, and the Architectural Imagination, 1760-1840 provides the first sustained scholarly account of the relationship between Gothic architecture and Gothic literature (fiction; poetry; drama) in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Although the relationship between literature and architecture is a topic that has long preoccupied scholars of the literary Gothic, there remains, to date, no monograph-length study of the intriguing and complex interactions between these two aesthetic forms. Equally, Gothic literature has received only the most cursory of treatments in art-historical accounts of the early Gothic Revival in architecture, interiors, and design. In addressing this gap in contemporary scholarship, Gothic Antiquity seeks to situate Gothic writing in relation to the Gothic-architectural theories, aesthetics, and practices with which it was contemporary, providing closely historicized readings of a wide selection of canonical and lesser-known texts and writers. Correspondingly, it shows how these architectural debates responded to, and were to a certain extent shaped by, what we have since come to identify as the literary Gothic mode. In both its 'survivalist' and 'revivalist' forms, the architecture of the Middle Ages in the long eighteenth century was always much more than a matter of style. Incarnating, for better or for worse, the memory of a vanished 'Gothic' age in the modern, enlightened present, Gothic architecture, be it ruined or complete, prompted imaginative reconstructions of the nation's past—a notable 'visionary' turn, as the antiquary John Pinkerton put it in 1788, in which Gothic writers, architects, and antiquaries enthusiastically participated. The volume establishes a series of dialogues between Gothic literature, architectural history, and the antiquarian interest in the material remains of the Gothic past, and argues that these discrete yet intimately related approaches to vernacular antiquity are most fruitfully read in relation to one another.

The Ruin of Roman Britain

Author : James Gerrard
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How did Roman Britain end? This new study draws on fresh archaeological discoveries to argue that the end of Roman Britain was not the product of either a violent cataclysm or an economic collapse. Instead, the structure of late antique society, based on the civilian ideology of paideia, was forced to change by the disappearance of the Roman state. By the fifth century elite power had shifted to the warband and the edges of their swords. In this book Dr Gerrard describes and explains that process of transformation and explores the role of the 'Anglo-Saxons' in this time of change. This profound ideological shift returned Britain to a series of 'small worlds', the existence of which had been hidden by the globalizing structures of Roman imperialism. Highly illustrated, the book includes two appendices, which detail Roman cemetery sites and weapon trauma, and pottery assemblages from the period.

The Ruin of Britain and Other Works

Author : Gildas
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Gildas wrote this about 540 AD or just before when he was forty three years old. It is a fierce denunciation of the rulers and churchmen of his day, prefaced by a brief explanation of how these evils came to be. This preface is the only surviving narrative history of fifth century Britain.

Great Britain s Groans Or An Account of the Oppression Ruin and Destruction of the Loyal Seamen of England in the Fatal Loss of Their Pay Health and Lives and Dreadful Ruin of Their Families

Author : Sir William Hodges
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The Ruined Abbeys of Britain

Author : Frederick Ross
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A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain

Author : Owen Hatherley
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Back in 1997, New Labour came to power amid much talk of regenerating the inner cities left to rot under successive Conservative governments. Over the next decade, British cities became the laboratories of the new enterprise economy: glowing monuments to finance, property speculation, and the service industry—until the crash. In A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain, Owen Hatherley sets out to explore the wreckage—the buildings that epitomized an age of greed and aspiration. From Greenwich to Glasgow, Milton Keynes to Manchester, Hatherley maps the derelict Britain of the 2010s: from riverside apartment complexes, art galleries and amorphous interactive “centers,” to shopping malls, call centers and factories turned into expensive lofts. In doing so, he provides a mordant commentary on the urban environment in which we live, work and consume. Scathing, forensic, bleakly humorous, A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain is a coruscating autopsy of a get-rich-quick, aspirational politics, a brilliant, architectural “state we’re in.”

Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain

Author : William Howitt
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Wild Ruins

Author : Dave Hamilton
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Discover and explore Britain's extraordinary history through its most beautiful lost ruins. From crag-top castles to crumbling houses lost in ancient forest, and ivy-encrusted relics of industry to sacred places long since over-grown.

On the Ruin of Britain

Author : Gildas
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"On the Ruin of Britain" by Gildas (translated by J. A. Giles). Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

British Travel Writers 1876 1909

Author : Layman
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Essays on British travel writers during a time when professionalism was increasingly the norm, including professional journalists, editors and correspondents accustomed to writing on contract and with deadlines. Includes discussion of scientific societies, which through their journals and meetings sought to encourage explorers to write for the general public as well. This was a period when many technical and economic innovations made travel easier, cheaper and safer.

Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland

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Among the Modernist Ruins

Author : Ashley Kaitlin Maher
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Long before "modernism" achieved currency as a literary term, a striking number of British authors turned to what had already been termed "modernist" in architecture to make sense of the modern movement in literature. In modern architects' ultra-visible ability to destroy the forms of tradition, these authors discovered a public realm in which modern literature's aspirations to "make it new" could find their fullest expression. Thus, for example, a dying D.H. Lawrence exchanged letters with the editor of The Architectural Review, a correspondence culminating in what proved his final piece of writing, an article calling for a wholesale clearance of traditional forms: "Pull down my native village to the last brick ... Make a new England." After seeing the new modernist animal housing at the London Zoo, H.G. Wells chose to hire modern architects as consultants when translating to the screen his visions of a utopian world in 1936's Things to Come. And when Britain's foremost modern architectural group needed a public figure to provide an anti-traditionalist introduction for the opening of their 1938 public exhibition, an aging George Bernard Shaw stepped in. Yet this body of architectural criticism has largely been erased from our understanding of both these authors' careers and modern writing more generally; indeed, critics such as Victoria Rosner have briskly dismissed the impact of modernist architecture on British literature on the grounds that actual modernist buildings did not become commonplace in Britain until after the Second World War. Nonetheless, the wealth of books by Continental architects translated into English in Britain, the groups of architects who found shelter in Britain in the 1930s and 1940s, as well as the public exhibitions of schemes for remaking the very infrastructure of Britain all created a fertile environment for British authors after the Great War and well into the latter part of the century. This dissertation uncovers an expansive record of their efforts to educate themselves in these new architectural forms as they considered what these developments might mean for literary practice. In their self-education, however, many authors later developed a fear of what these powerful iconoclastic forms might mean for literature and British culture more generally. To the concern of many, midcentury British citizens were encouraged to associate aesthetic novelty with political novelty once Labour politicians sponsored buildings of a modern style as the symbolic style of political progress. Meanwhile, Conservative novelist Evelyn Waugh used the language of infiltration when considering modern architecture's Continental origins, as he, along with leftist novelist Aldous Huxley, feared that modern architecture's very materials -- steel, glass, concrete -- were vehicles for communist thought. Artist and writer Wyndham Lewis, who later identified his Vorticist artistic and literary movement as an effort to theorize a new architecture capable of inspiring a new social era, likewise feared that modern architecture had been appropriated by communism and emptied out into propaganda. George Orwell further reflected that architecture's public status made it apt to thrive under collectivist rule, but totalitarianism would bring an end to the conditions of thoughtful, individual reflection needed to produce literature. As the century progressed, the possibility that architecture might not renew literary practice but destroy it loomed large.

Notions of vernacular in Architectural Writing in Britain Since 1839

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British Writers

Author : Ian Scott-Kilvert
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British Writers

Author : George Stade
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Offers twenty-six essays commissioned by the publisher to add coverage of important writers not included in original British Council's pamphlet series and includes a comprehensive index to all works and writers examined in the series.

A Writer s Britain

Author : Margaret Drabble
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Selections from England's great writers, describing various sites and scenes, are accompanied by commentary on how those writers have affected our tastes.

Dictionary of British Women Writers

Author : Janet Todd
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Nearly 450 entries cover major and minor British women writers from the Middle Ages to the present day. Each entry gives biographical details and a discussion of key works and themes. Critical references are also included.

Great Britain 2000

Author : Fodor
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The Origins of England 410 600

Author : Martyn J. Whittock
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