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Architectural Involutions

Writing, Staging, and Building Space, c. 1435-1650

Mimi Yiu (author)

ISBN: 9780810129863

Publication Date: Jan 2016

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Taking the reader on an inward journey from façades to closets, from physical to psychic space, Architectural Involutions offers an alternative genealogy of theatre by revealing how innovations in architectural writing and practice transformed an early modern sense of interiority. Engaging theory with archival findings, Mimi Yiu reveals an emergent desire to perform subjectivity, to unfold an interior face to an admiring public.
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Taking the reader on an inward journey from façades 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.
Pages 277
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jan 2016
Publisher Northwestern University Press
Series Rethinking the Early Modern
Subject/s Architecture   1500 to c 1700  
Mimi Yiu is an assistant professor of English at Georgetown University, USA.

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