RUINS, NOSTALGIA AND UGLINESS
FIVE ROMANTIC PERCEPTIONS OF MEDIEVAL AGE
Matèria: Història medieval
How many Middle Ages has there been? Just one? Why are there million of followers of Game of Thrones? What is the origin of the current Gothic youth dressed in black with skulls? Nuria Perpinya thinks that we have at least ten different perceptions of the medieval period. This book analyses the Romantic visions of the Middle Ages and their visionary resurrections. The views indicate the chivalrous, religious, nationalist and fantastic aims of European Romantics. The discourse of failure represented by ruins counterpoints the epic discourse of chivalry's success. Ruins are more than the embellishment of a minor genre (the Picturesque); they are the source of contemporary ugliness and fragmentarism of Avant-garde...