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Plotting Gothic

Stephen Murray


This book about the eloquence of Gothic architecture is facilitated by the intervention of the interlocutor: the one who, interposing self between monument and audience, points and talks. A critical rhetorical mechanism is found in the interaction between the three dimensions of the notion of “plot:” as spatial matrix, conspiracy and compelling storyline. In Part I three medieval witnesses testify to their engagement with Gothic architectural production. Villard de Honnecourt created a little book with explanatory texts and images of some of the great early-thirteenth-century cathedrals. Gerva ... More

Keywords: Gothic architectural production, eloquence, plotting, spatial matrix, conspiracy, interlocutor, storyline, witness, eloquence, object of desire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226191805
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226191942.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Murray, author
Columbia University

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