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Silent Urns: Romanticism, Hellenism, Modernity

Ferris, David S.

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ISBN 10: 0804735832 / ISBN 13: 9780804735834
Published by Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA, 2000
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First edition, 2000, hardcover, octavo, 247pp., not illustrated. Book good with handsome boards and tight binding, text has some pencil notes and marginalia throughout. DJ VG with general shelfwear, mild toning to spine, soil. Bookseller Inventory # C000016016

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Title: Silent Urns: Romanticism, Hellenism, ...

Publisher: Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Edition: First edition.

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The study of Greece as an icon of culture appears to be as old as Greece itself, as if, like Pallas Athene springing from the head of Zeus, its cultural significance had attained full maturity at birth. In Silent Urns, the author reveals how Greece attained such significance as the result of the attempt to reconcile individuality, freedom, history, and modernity in eighteenth-century aesthetics. He argues that Winckelmann's History of Ancient Art (1764) produced this reconciliation by developing a concept of culture that effectively defined our modern understanding of the term, as well as our sense of what it is to be modern. From this reconciliation, Greece emerges as the form in which culture is first conceptualized as a historically and politically defined category. In readings of works by Keats, Schelling, Aeschylus, Shelley, and Hölderlin, the author studies different aspects of Winckelmann's conceptualization of culture as it passes into Romantic Hellenism. Through these readings―in which individuality, identity, freedom, the tragic, and memory are all discussed―the book demonstrates how Romanticism took issue with the legacy of Greece that emerged in the eighteenth century, and did so in the name of a freedom that our cultural modernity no longer recalls.

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“This is a truly remarkable volume, remarkable for its originality, for the driving coherence of its complex subject matter, for its bringing together a number of fields of study in a manner that forces us into new realizations about their interrelationships. This book is—there is no way to overemphasize this—an exceedingly important meditation not only on Romanticism, eighteenth-century studies, and the ways we interpret art, history, and Hellenism; it is beyond all that a superb and daring commentary on cultural studies and historicism in their relationship to theories of criticism and language.” —Carol Jacobs,State University of New York, Buffalo

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