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Architectural Involutions: Writing, Staging, and Building Space, c. 1435-1650 - Rethinking the Early Modern (Hardback)
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Architectural Involutions: Writing, Staging, and Building Space, c. 1435-1650 - Rethinking the Early Modern (Hardback)

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Hardback 277 Pages / Published: 30/01/2016
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Taking the reader on an inward journey from facades to closets, from physical to psychic space, Architectural Involutions offers an alternative genealogy of theater by revealing how innovations in architectural writing and practice transformed an early modern sense of interiority. As the English house underwent a process of inward folding, replacing a logic of central assembly with one of dissemination, the subject who negotiated this new scenography became a flashpoint of conflict in both domestic and theatrical arenas. The book launches from a matrix of related "platforms" - a term that in early modern usage denoted scaffolds, stages, and draftsmen's sketches - to situate Alberti, Shakespeare, Jonson, and others within a landscape of spatial and visual change. Engaging theory with archival findings, Mimi Yiu reveals an emergent desire to perform subjectivity, to unfold an interior face to an admiring public.

Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810129863
Number of pages: 277
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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"Mimi Yiu s Architectural Involutions: Writing, Staging, and Building Space, c. 1435 1650 combines theoretical sophistication with in-depth close readings and archival work. The notion of architecture s impact on the early modern sense of psychic space and interiority is original and convincingly developed in this well-written and well-illustrated work. Yiu offers an exciting approach to understanding the architectural theories that reshaped the social and practical modes of building and design." Modern Language Association

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"Mimi Yiu's Architectural Involutions: Writing, Staging, and Building Space, c. 1435-1650 combines theoretical sophistication with in-depth close readings and archival work. The notion of architecture's impact on the early modern sense of psychic space and interiority is original and convincingly developed in this well-written and well-illustrated work. Yiu offers an exciting approach to understanding the architectural theories that reshaped the social and practical modes of building and design." --Modern Language Association

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