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Title Ruins in the Literary and Cultural Imagination / edited by Efterpi Mitsi, Anna Despotopoulou, Stamatina Dimakopoulou, Emmanouil Aretoulakis.
Imprint Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

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Subject Ruins in literature.
Alt Name Mētsē, Euterpē.
Despotopoulou, Anna.
Dimakopoulou, Stamatina, 1968-
Aretoulakis, Emmanouil.
Description 1 online resource (xviii, 307 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Chapter 1. Introduction, Efterpi Mitsi, Anna Despotopoulou, Stamatina Dimakopoulou, Emmanouil Aretoulakis -- Chapter 2. Amongst the Ruins of a European Gothic Phantasmagoria in Athens, Maria Vara -- Chapter 3. Dickenss Animate Ruins, Michael Hollington -- Chapter 4. The Indifference of Fragments: Untimely Ruin in Tess of the dUrbervilles, Claire Potter -- Chapter 5. Rising from Ruins: Isabel Archer at the Roman Campagna, Chryssa Marinou -- Chapter 6. Untimely Returns: Shoring Fragments against Ruins in Daphne du Mauriers Rebecca, Sheila Teahan -- Chapter 7. "There must be no ruins": Ruinophobia and Urban Morphology in Turn-of-the-Century New York, Theodora Tsimpouki -- Chapter 8. "Ruins True Refuge": Beckett and Pinter, David Tucker -- Chapter 9. Out of the Ruins of Dresden: Destructive Plasticity in Kurt Vonneguts Slaughterhouse-Five, Giorgos Giannakopoulos -- Chapter 10. Melancholia and the Bomb: Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton and the Fragmented Atomic Psyche, Adam Beardsworth -- Chapter 11. The Fractured World of Leonard Cohen, Jeffrey L. Spear -- Chapter 12. Springtime for Defaults: The Producers as the Ruin of History and the Triumph of Hystery, Christina Dokou -- Chapter 13. In the Absence of Ruins: The "Non-Sites of Memory" in Claude Lanzmanns Shoah and Daniel Mendelsohns Lost: The Search for Six of Six Million, Angeliki Tseti -- Chapter 14. Destruction Preservation, or the Edifying Ruin in Benjamin and Brecht, Vassiliki Kolocotroni -- Chapter 15. Thinking Like a Ruin, Carl Lavery and Simon Murray -- Chapter 16. Contemporary Ruins, Fragments of the Lives of Others, Critical Intimacies in and out of Comfort Zones, Apostolos Lampropoulos -- Chapter 17: Afterword: The Consolations of Ruins: From the Acropolis to Epidaurus, Jyotsna Singh.
Summary This book focuses on literal and metaphorical ruins, as they are appropriated and imagined in different forms of writing. Examining British and American literature and culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the book begins in the era of industrial modernity with studies of Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Henry James and Daphne Du Maurier. It then moves on to the significance of ruins in the twentieth century, against the backdrop of conflict, waste and destruction, analyzing authors such as Beckett and Pinter, Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton and Leonard Cohen. The collection concludes with current debates on ruins, through discussions of Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht, as well as reflections on the refugee crisis that take the ruin beyond the text, offering new perspectives on its diverse legacies and conceptual resources.
ISBN 9783030269050
9783030269043 (print)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-030-26
OCLC # 1129217942

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