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Ergebnisanzeige "Imaginary Cities: Fictions of Urban Space in the Early Modern World (Pennsylvania State University)"
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TitelImaginary Cities: Fictions of Urban Space in the Early Modern World (Pennsylvania State University)
Beschreibung"Cities have long held an imaginary significance distinct from their material, every day existence. In the early modern period, writers, philosophers and visual artists evoked visions of mythic and ideal metropolises, distant in time or place, to comment upon the political and social organization of their contemporary urban environments. Fanciful descriptions of utopian cities, often situated on the edge of the known world, served as vehicles to critique the corruption and squalor of sixteenth-century towns. Tales of mythic cities spoke to the fascination with powerful rulers, vast building projects, and monumental power. Thomas More's Utopia, Pieter Bruegel's Tower of Babel, and Jan Mostaert's West Indies Landscape are just a few examples of many depictions of the urban fantastic in late medieval through Baroque
times. The Committee for Early Modern Studies (CEMS) at the Pennsylvania State University is pleased to announce a two-year research project to investigate the utopian (and dystopian) city within the human imagination, ca. 1400-1800. Our project encompasses a series of lectures and workshops between September 2005 and December 2006 to establish our topic's conceptual and
historical framework. These presentations lead up to a three day symposium of selected international scholars in April, 12-15, 2007, to be followed by publication of the project's papers. The Pennsylvania State University is especially suited to such study because its library is the site of the Arthur O. Lewis collection of utopian literature, the finest of its kind in the United States. Our hope is that our lecture series and symposium will encourage scholars to investigate the resources available in the Lewis collection. 'Imaginary Cities' will concentrate on the utopian or mythic metropolis as an idealized representation of urban space. It will focus on the cultural geography of the fantastic city in the early modern period, exploring how writers and artists of the time imagined that great capitals were or should be. The Latin of Thomas More's founding work established the international tradition of utopian literature, and we encourage papers that investigate the global reach of the urban imaginary. Topics might include the "City of Brass" described in the Arabian Nights, the representation of Nimrod in painting and literature, and the complex and fundamental relationship between utopian thought and colonial fantasies. Exhibitions of prints and rare books in the Palmer Museum of Art and the Paterno Library will accompany this project's
symposium, while scholarly workshops will allow for consideration of how fantastic cities of the early modern period continue to spark the imagination of post-modern writers in confronting the polyglot, multicultural mélange of today's urban areas. To propose a paper, please send a 500 word abstract and c.v. to Daniel Purdy, Associate Professor of German ( or Charlotte Houghton, Associate Professor of Art History (
for further information."
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PersonName: Purdy, Daniel [Prof.] 
Funktion: Anprechpartner 
Name: Houghton, Charlotte 
Funktion: Ansprechpartnerin 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur 1300 - 1500; Literatur 1500 - 1580; Literatur 1580 - 1700; Literatur 1700 - 1770; Literatur 1770 - 1830
Zusätzliches SuchwortUtopie; Stadt; Utopische Architektur
Klassifikation04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.03.00 Vergleichende Literaturgeschichte; 09.00.00 Spätmittelalter und Übergangszeit (14. und 15. Jahrhundert) > 09.09.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 10.00.00 16. Jahrhundert > 10.12.00 Emblematik. Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 11.00.00 17. Jahrhundert > 11.11.00 Emblematik. Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 12.00.00 18. Jahrhundert > 12.12.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen
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