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Plotting Gothic$
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Stephen Murray

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226191805

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226191942.001.0001

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Interlocutor and Monument

Interlocutor and Monument

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Plotting Gothic

Stephen Murray

University of Chicago Press

This chapter establishes a mnemonic space, a building plot, within which to begin to gather multiple stories of Gothic. Villard de Honnecourt, as interlocutor, mediates the intersection between the cathedral and members of an audience who long for representations and explanations. The rhetorical animation of the building recalls ventriloquism: the question arises as to who is the dummy. Figurative language provides a key tool for the interlocutor, leading him beyond the confines of the individual building to analogues beyond.

Keywords:   mnemonic space, ventriloquism, figurative language

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