Read into it: Architecture through Literature

Doctoral Seminar (064-0004-23)
Organizer: Chair of Prof. Delbeke, Doctoral Program
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Maarten Delbeke, Dr. des. Nikos Magouliotis
Time: Thursdays, 16:00-18:00 (see poster for specific dates)
Location: HIL E29.2

Poster design by Burak Kaya.


Session 1 (Feb. 23): Introduction.

[No required readings; we meet in HIL E29.2 at 16:00.]

Session 2 (Mar. 2): Fictional “Others” in 18th-century French literature.

Main readings:
1. Montesquieu, Lettres Persanes (1721). original French text  / English translation 
2. Dialogues de M. le Baron de Lahontan et d'un Sauvage, dans l'Amérique (1704). original French text  / English translation 
3. Bernardin de St. Pierre, La Chaumiere Indienne (1791). original French text  / English translation 

Additional (optional) readings:
1. David Graeber and David Wengrow, "Wicked Liberty. The indigenous critique and the myth of progress", from The Dawn of Everything - A New History of Humanity (2021). text 
2. Evliya Çelebi, excerpt from the Seyahatnâme [Book of Travels] on the German-speaking lands and Vienna (ca. 1664-5). text 
3. Susan Buck Morss, "Hegel and Haiti" (2000). text 

Session 3 (Mar 16): Myth-writing and Monuments.

Main readings:
1. [unknown], Beowulf (ca. 700–1000 CE). Excerpt  from translation into modern English by Seamus Heaney. Read lines 1-193.
2. John Gardner, Grendel (1971). Excerpt . Read chapters 3 and 4 (p. 25–48).
3. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818). Excerpt from Book I . Read chapters 3, 4 and 5 (p. 105-124).
4. Virgil, Aeneid (29–19 BCE). Excerpt  from English translation.

Additional (optional) readings:
1. Seamus Heaney, Introduction to the translation of Beowulf (1999). text .
2. Bettina Reitz-Joosse, Building in Words - The Process of Construction in Latin Literature (2021). Excerpt on "Vergil's Epic Cities" .
3. Michael C. J. Putnam, Virgil's Epic Designs - Ekphrasis in the Aeneid (1998). Chapter about "Dido's Murals" .

Session 4 (Apr. 6): Guest lecture by Fabio Barry.

Main readings:
1. Inscriptions of the House of Crescentius (1140s?). text 
2. Francesco Sperulo on the Villa Madama (1519). text 
3. Lorenzo Frizolio, Sacellum Gregorianum (1582). text 

Additional (optional) readings:
1. Fabio Barry, "The Cappella Gregoriana in the Ekphrases of Lorenzo Frizolio (1582) and Ascanio Valentino (1583)". article 
2. Paul Gwynne, "The Poet and ‘the Prince of Painters’: Building the Villa Medici". article 

Session 5 (Apr. 20): Violence and destruction in Orientalist poetry.

Main readings:
1. George Gordon (Lord) Byron, The Siege of Corinth (1816). text 
2. Victor Hugo, Les Orientales (1829). text 

Additional (optional) readings:
1.Stefan Koppelkamm, The lmaginary Orient: Exotic Buildings of the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe. text 
2. Linda Nochlin, "The Imaginary Orient". text 
3. David Roessel, "Exploding Magazines: Byron’s The Siege of Corinth, Francesco Morosini and the Destruction of the Parthenon". text 
4. Vincent Gille, "L'Air du Temps: Sources et contexte des Orientales [de V. Hugo]". text 
5. Christine Peltre, " ' dirait que c'est la mosquée.': Un frontispice pour l'orientalisme." text 

Session 6 (May 4): The description of the Temple and its long shadow.

Main readings:
1. Procopius, Of the Buildings of Justinian (ca. 560 CE). text 
2. Descriptions of the Temple of Solomon in the Bible: 1 Kings 6-8 / 2 Chronicles 3-5 / Ezekiel 40-44.
3. Giannozzo Manetti, Concerning the Secular and Papal Parades (mid-15th c.). text 
4. John Milton, "Pandæmonium" from Paradise Lost (1667-74). text 

Additional (optional) readings:
1. Ruth Webb, "The Aesthetics of Sacred Space: Narrative, Metaphor, and Motion in Ekphraseis of Church Buildings" (1999). text .
2. Achim Timmermann, "Architectural Vision in Albrecht von Scharfenberg's Jüngerer Titurel" (2000). text .

Session 7 (May 17): Guest session: Anne Hultzsch.

Main readings:
1.Maria Graham, Three months passed in the mountains east of Rome (1820). text 
2. Maria Graham, Journal of a residence in India (1812). text 

Additional (optional) readings:
1.Onni Gust, "Mobility, Gender and Empire in Maria Graham’s Journal of a Residence in India" (2017). text 
2. Betty Hagglund, "The ‘bricolage’ of travel writing: a Bakhtinian reading of nineteenth-century women's travel writings about Italy" (2012). text 
3. Mary Louise Pratt, "Introduction: Criticism in the Contact Zone", from Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation. text 

Session 8 (May 23): Student presentations / Final discussion.