Ruins and Empire: The Evolution of a Theme in Augustan and Romantic Literature [Paperback]

Laurence Goldstein (Author)

ISBN: 9780822984610 | Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press | Year of Publication: 1977 | Language: English 288p, H230 x W150 (mm)

Ruins and Empire


One of the most common scenes in Augustan and Romantic literature is that of a writer confronting some emblem of change and loss, most often the remains of a vanished civilization or a desolate natural landscape. Ruins and Empire traces the ruin sentiment from its earliest classical and Renaissance expressions through English literature to its establishment as a dominant theme of early American art.

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