Pompeii in the Public Imagination from its Rediscovery to Today

Hardcover | December 3, 2011

EditorShelley Hales, Joanna Paul

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The city of Pompeii has had an enormous impact on Western imaginations since its rediscovery under the ashes of the volcano that destroyed it in 79 CE. In the 250 years since excavations began, Pompeii has helped to bring the ancient world to life for everyone, from music hall audiences togentleman scholars, and it continues to have an impact on the way in which we think about the past, and the human condition itself. The contributors to this generously illustrated volume, who include the novelist Robert Harris, in a recorded interview, investigate how Pompeii has been used in film, fiction, and art on both sides of the Atlantic over three centuries. They explore the many different ways in which Pompeii inhabitsour imaginations: as ghostly relic of human suffering, romantic ruin, model of cultural inspiration, home of a distant, decadent culture, and comforting model for everyday life.

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The city of Pompeii has had an enormous impact on Western imaginations since its rediscovery under the ashes of the volcano that destroyed it in 79 CE. In the 250 years since excavations began, Pompeii has helped to bring the ancient world to life for everyone, from music hall audiences togentleman scholars, and it continues to have an...

Shelley Hales is Senior Lecturer in Art and Visual Culture in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Bristol. Joanna Paul is Postgate Early Career Fellow in Classics in the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:440 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.44 inPublished:December 3, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Shelley Hales and Joanna Paul: Introduction: Ruins and Reconstructions2. Thorsten Fitzon: A Tamed 'desire for images': Goethe's Repeated Approaches to Pompeii3. Constanze Baum: Ruined Waking Thoughts: William Beckford as a Visitor to Pompeii4. Victoria C. Gardner Coates: Making History: Pliny's Letters to Tacitus and Angelica Kauffman's `Pliny and his Mother at Misenum'5. Barbara Witucki: Site, Sight, and Symbol: Pompeii and Vesuvius in `Corinne, or Italy'6. Stephen Harrison: Bulwer-Lytton's The Last Days of Pompeii: Recreating the City7. Meilee D. Bridges: Objects of Affection: Necromantic Pathos in Bulwer-Lytton's City of the Dead8. Genevieve Liveley: Delusion and Dream in Theophile Gautier's 'Arria Marcella: Souvenir de Pompei'9. Sarah Betzer: Archaeology Meets Fantasy: Chasseriau's Pompeii in Nineteenth-Century Paris10. Luna Figurelli: Italian Classical Revival Painters and the 'Southern Question'11. Shelley Hales: Cities of the Dead12. Eric Moormann: Christians and Jews at Pompeii in Late Nineteenth-Century Fiction13. Daniel Orrells: Rocks, Ghosts and Footprints: Freudian Archaeology14. Margaret Malamud: On the Edge of the Volcano: `The Last Days of Pompeii' in the Early American Republic15. Jon L. Seydl: Experiencing The Last Days of Pompeii in Late Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia16. Francesca Spiegel: In Search of Lost Time and Pompeii17. Jeremy Hartnett: Excavation Photographs and the Imagining of Pompeii's Streets: Vittorio Spinazzola and the Via dell'Abbondanza18. Kenneth Lapatin: The Getty Villa: Art, Architecture, and Aristocratic Self-Fashioning in the Mid-Twentieth Century19. Matthew Fox: Pompeii in Roberto Rossellini's `Journey to Italy'20. Kate Fisher and Rebecca Langlands: The Censorship Myth and the Secret Museum21. Sarah Levin-Richardson: Modern Tourists, Ancient Sexualities: Looking at Looking in Pompeii's Brothel and the Secret Cabinet22. Writing Pompeii: An Interview with Robert Harris23. Joanna Paul: Pompeii, the Holocaust, and World War Two24. Pompeii and the Cambridge Latin Course25. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill: Ruins and Forgetfulness: The Case of Herculaneum