The essays in this book focus on various social, political, cultural, and aesthetic meanings ascribed to Gothic cathedrals in Europe in the post-medieval period.
Central to many medieval ritual traditions both sacred and secular, the Gothic cathedral holds a privileged place within the European cultural imagination and experience. Due to the burgeoning historical interest in the medieval past, in connection with the medieval revival in literature, visual arts, and architecture that began in the late seventeenth century and culminated in the nineteenth, the Gothic cathedral took centre stage in numerous ideological discourses. These discourses imposed contemporary political and aesthetic connotations upon the cathedral that were often far removed from its original meaning and ritual use.
This volume presents interdisciplinary perspectives on the resignification of the Gothic cathedral in the post-medieval period. Its contributors, literary scholars and historians of art and architecture, investigate the dynamics of national and cultural movements that turned Gothic cathedrals into symbols of the modern nation-state, highlight the political uses of the edifice in literature and the arts, and underscore the importance of subjectivity in literary and visual representations of Gothic architecture. Contributing to scholarship in historiography, cultural history, intermedial and interdisciplinary studies, as well as traditional disciplines, the volume resonates with wider perspectives, especially relating to the reuse of artefacts to serve particular ideological ends.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Medieval Edifice in the Modern Period — STEPHANIE A. GLASER
Part I — The Cathedral and the Nation
The Moorish-Gothic Cathedral: Invention, Reality, or Weapon? — MATILDE MATEO
Acting Medieval, Thinking Modern, Feeling German — MICHAEL J. LEWIS
L’Histoire d’une cathédrale: Viollet-le-Duc’s Nationalist Pedagogy — ELIZABETH EMERY
The Gothic Cathedral and Historiographies of Space — KEVIN D. MURPHY
Part II — The Cathedral between Art and Politics
The Anarchist Cathedral — MAYLIS CURIE
L’Imaginaire de la cathédrale à l’épreuve de la Grande Guerre — JOËLLE PRUNGNAUD
Church, Nation, and ‘The Stones of France’ — RONALD R. BERNIER
Part III — The Cathedral in the Arts
Patterns of Behaviour Architectural Representation in the Romantic Period — KLAUS NIEHR
Frozen Music and Symphonies in Stone. Gothic Architecture and the Musical Analogy: Intersecting Trajectories in German and French Thought from the Eighteenth through the Nineteenth Centuries — STEPHANIE A. GLASER
Délires opiomanes et gothicomanes de Thomas De Quincey à Wilfred Sätty — JEAN-MICHEL LENIAUD
The Cathedral as Time Machine: Art, Architecture, and Religion — RICHARD UTZ