Architectures of Imagination: Bodies, Buildings, Fictions, and Worlds

This project explores the roles played by fiction and imagination in the production of space during the long eighteenth-century (1700-1835), through studies of key buildings (the list includes Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill, William Beckford’s Fonthill Abbey, and Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford); the fictions with which they were associated and, in some cases, identified (The Castle of Otranto, Vathek, the Waverley novels); and the relation between these buildings, texts, and their readers/inhabitants. Drawing on these primary studies, it aims to develop a new account of the 18th-century imagination, the emergence of modern architectures of imagination, and the transition from Neoclassicism to Romanticism, while bringing these developments into dialogue with current debates about space, creativity, immersive realities, and the rapidly expanding field of biopolitics.

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Literatur und Kulturwissenschaften/Cultural Studies, Literatur des 18. Jahrhunderts, Literatur des 19. Jahrhunderts
Literatur und Architektur



Prof. Dr. Peter Otto


University of Melbourne
Faculty of Arts
Datum der Veröffentlichung: 27.05.2019
Letzte Änderung: 27.05.2019